Indiana silencer hunting bill signed into law

Post date: May 17, 2013 5:03:15 AM

Starting this summer, hunters in the Hoosier state will be able to hunt with silencers. On May 11, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed HB 1563 into law. The bill changes a number of provisions in law relating to activities governed by the state's Department of Natural Resources, including hunting, fishing, boating, and target shooting. Among the changes is a repeal of the prohibition on the use of silencers while hunting. The bill also includes enhanced criminal penalties for poachers who use or possess silencers while taking game unlawfully.

With this bill now law, Indiana becomes the second state this year to end its prohibition on hunting with silencers. In February, Wyoming passed a bill with similar provisions. Silencers will be authorized for use by hunters in both states starting this July. Like Wyoming, this victory for hunters in Indiana comes on the heels of lobbying efforts by the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action and the American Silencer Association.