Current law makes it a felony to possess a silencer, as defined, for a firearm.This bill would instead make it a felony to possess a silencer that is attached to a firearm with a barrel less than 16 inches in length. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.
AAP Positional Letter
April 1, 2018
Honorable Nancy Skinner
Chair, Senate Public Safety Committee
State Capitol, Room 2031
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 1092 (Anderson): Firearms: silencers
AAP-CA Position: Oppose
Dear Chair Skinner:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, respectfully opposes proposed legislation SB 1092 (Anderson), which would legalize silencers for firearms greater than 16 inches in length.
We respect the author’s intention to make silencers more accessible to hunters who wish to use these devices to diminish unwanted noise. However, silencers are simply too dangerous to allow in general circulation. In the event of a shooting, the distinctive sound of gunfire serves to warn bystanders. Silencers muffle and distort this sound, which in turn makes it less likely that those nearby will recognize the sound of gunfire and react appropriately. Even a delay of a few seconds can mean the difference between life or death.
SB 1092 (Anderson) would put Californians, including children, in greater danger of injury or death as a result of gun violence. We thus respectfully oppose SB 1092. We hope to collaborate on other bills to benefit the health and wellbeing of children in the future.
Pediatrician members of AAP California Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 across the state respectfully oppose proposed legislation SB 1092 (Anderson). Thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in California.
cc: Honorable Joel Anderson, author
Members of the Senate Public Safety Committee
AAP-CA Leadership; Lobbyist Lydia Bourne