Ohio Panel To Weigh Letting Hunters Use Silencers

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An Ohio committee has scheduled a vote on a bill that would let Ohio hunters to use firearms silencers.

Last month, lawmakers and their aides got a hands-on look at the devices and listened to silenced and unsilenced weapons.

The measure would let Ohioans holding a valid hunting license use the silencers while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer. Only those authorized under state and federal laws could use the suppressor, which must be properly registered.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee planned to consider the bill Tuesday morning.

Backers of suppressors say they protect hunters' hearing, make field commands easier to hear and reduce disruptions to neighbors. Opponents say quieter weapons are less safe and easier to use illegally.