Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — RALEIGH — North Carolina will allow the use of suppressors on firearms while legally taking wildlife, effective Oct. 1. A suppressor, sometimes referred to as a “silencer,” muffles or minimizes the report of a firearm when it is fired.
This statutory change is not reflected in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, which was published by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to the legislation being passed.
A hunter or trapper must meet federal requirements to own a suppressor, which includes registring the device and paying a federal tax, along with a criminal background check processed by the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s county of residence.
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms administers the procedure to own a firearms suppressor,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, field supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement.
“The Wildlife Commission does not have any involvement in the process to obtain a suppressor.”
About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.