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Bergstrom files bill to open free market for gun suppressors

A measure intended to create a manufacturing boon for the state and open the free market for the purchase of firearm suppressors, also known as silencers, has been filed for the 2022 legislative session by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom.

Senate Bill 1098 would exempt a firearm suppressor manufactured in Oklahoma that stays in the state from federal law and regulations, meaning Oklahomans could legally possess the gun accessory without federal registration requirements. The silencer must have “Made in Oklahoma” marked or engraved on it in order qualify.  

It’s clear federal overreach to require a person who purchases a gun suppressor to pay additional fees out of pocket and wait months or even years for approval,” Bergstrom said. “The federal requirement of registering a suppressor through the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) process is lengthy, expensive and a burden placed directly on law abiding citizens. That’s why we want to make this simple for Oklahomans – if you buy a suppressor manufactured and used in our state, you don’t have to jump through these hoops.”

The Adair Republican said he hopes this measure will be a welcome sign to gun and accessory manufacturers looking for a business-friendly environment to lay their roots, and signal to Oklahomans that their Second Amendment rights are well-protected within the state.

The Second Session of the 58th Legislature will begin on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at 12 p.m.