Tennessee House passes bill to allow suppressors

Lawmakers in the Tennessee House have passed a bill that would allow lawful gun owners to use suppressors on their firearms.

The Associated Press reported the measure, Senate Bill 921, was passed Monday on a 74-18 vote, while the Senate approved the bill last month on a 28-1 vote.

The bill, also called the Tennessee Hearing Protection Act, was drafted to protect sportsmen’s hearing and would remove suppressors from the banned weapons list in Tennessee.

Republican sponsors, Rep. Tilman Goins and Sen. Steve Southerland, said they had no intentions other than hearing protection when proposing the measure.

The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for signature.