This week I would like to follow up on the proposal for PenderCountyhunters to be able to use silencers on hunting rifles. This proposal was put forth by Hunting and Wildlife and is making its way to possibly becoming a North Carolinalaw. The three readings in the N.C. Senate all passed, and it has taken on the first reading in the House and is still going.
As I covered in my previous article, adding a silencer to a rifle is not a cheap thing to do ($600 to $900) and can take several months for approval, but the option of having a silencer on a hunting rifle is still on the table.
When I pulled up the N C Senate Bill 201 I was intrigued to see it stated clearly that “weapons of mass death and mass destruction” were not included. Weapons of death? Isn’t a hunting rifle supposed to kill the target? I’m a bit confused by the wording, but when I researched the definition of “weapons of death and mass destruction” I learned a lot.
The term "weapon of mass death and destruction" includes:
Any explosive or incendiary:
a. Bomb; or
b. Grenade; or
c. Rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces; or
d .Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more
than one quarter ounce; or
e. Mine; or
f. Device similar to any of the devices described above; or
Any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell of a type
particularly suitable for sporting purposes) which will, or which may be
readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other
propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-
half inch in diameter; or
Any firearm capable of fully automatic fire, any shotgun with a barrel or
barrels of less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26
inches, any rifle with a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length or an
overall length of less than 26 inches, any muffler or silencer for any firearm,
whether or not such firearm is included within this definition. For the
purposes of this section, rifle is defined as a weapon designed or redesigned,
made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder;
I thought this information was worth knowing and that’s why I shared and I will keep my hunting readers updated on the new PenderCountyproposed law.
I would also like to thank John Mallette for all his input in my previous article about Class 3 silencers.
Remember knowledge is power so never stop learning and never stop asking!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.