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Registration of silencers increases

Associated Press • Jan 14, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Silencers are one of the fastest-growing segments of the firearms market — and registrations skyrocketed in Ohio last year, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Ohio saw the second-largest increase in suppressor registrations in the nation. Experts said interest in the devices could increase if state lawmakers decide to allow them to be used for hunting.

Gun advocates said silencers reduce hearing problems related to loud gunfire and increase shooting accuracy. They said suppressors are safety devices that unfairly have a bad reputation.

“I believe the best reason to have them is for hearing protection” said Ryan Carr, owner of Sunbury-based RC Firearms, which sells the devices. “For this reason, hunting would be an excellent use of a silencer”

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