Texas sues over local Silencers

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the ATF last week trying to halt the agency’s enforcement of federal regulations regarding suppressors made in the Lone Star State. 

This came about after state lawmakers passed House Bill 957, which pulls the Texas card by exempting suppressors made in the state from federal regs so long as they remain in Texas. The argument is that the ATF only can tax and regulate if a subject item (guns, ammo, booze, or smokes) is shipped across state lines in interstate commerce. 

If the Texas cans are made there and never cross state lines, then they shouldn’t come under ATF’s spyglass. 

At least that’s the theory, anyway. The courts will have the last word. 

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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