Committee Vote Postponed On Hunting Gun Silencers

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An Ohio Senate committee has postponed voting on a plan to let hunters use silencers on their guns under some conditions.

The bill, which passed the House earlier this year, allows licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer.

The Senate Civil Justice Committee delayed the vote at Wednesday's meeting. Only those authorized under state and federal laws could use the devices, which must be registered.

The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Cheryl Grossman, has said the suppressors would help protect hunters' hearing, while making field commands easier to hear because hunters would not have to shout.

Opponents have said quieter weapons are less safe and easier to use illegally.