POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:43pm
TYLER — On Wednesday morning, the Regulations Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is planning to propose an amendment that would allow suppressors on firearms while hunting game.
We told Larry Knackstedt who sells guns at Lock and Load in Tyler. He hopes it'll pass.
"It only makes sense. We have to have mufflers on our car, why not muffle our rifles?" Knackstedt said.
Knackstedt says in addition to allowing hunters to shoot more game without scaring them off, it also helps keep the hunters in better health.
"They are safer, because they do save your hearing and the people with you it saves their hearing," he says.
He also tells KETK, some other states already let you hunt game with suppressors - but here in Texas, gun owners can only use them to shoot pests like wild hogs and coyotes.
We asked Texas Parks and Wildlife why that is.
"There was initially law enforcement concerns that it might somehow lead to poaching and possibly resource concerns as a result of the poaching. But we don't have any data to support either of those arguments," said Scott Vaca with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Steven Prater is the manager at Lock and Load, but he's also a deer hunter. He's excited at the possibilty of getting to have a suppressor as an option.
"I think it's neat, I think it's...time. There's certain applications where it's worthwhile and then other applications where it's completely needless, but that should be left up to the hunter," Prater said.
now -- for a little demonstration.
Texas Parks and Wildlife tells KETK at tomorrow's meeting they will decide whether to table the issue completely -- or publish the changes in the Texas Register for public comment.
If you would like to see the full proposal, click here.