STATEWIDE — A bill that repeals the law requiring that hunters get permits to use noise suppression devices while using firearms has been signed into law.
This year, Republican Sen. Trey Stewart of Presque Isle sponsored that bill.
According to Col. Dan Scott of the Maine Warden Service, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has had to approve folks to use these devices through a background check since 2015.
He said there are also numerous steps that need to be followed with the federal government to purchase a suppressor.
“We’ve done about 600 background investigations and I don’t think we’ve denied any yet,” Scott said. “We haven’t seen much of an increase in any kind of fish and wildlife violations around with the use of suppressors, so we supported that bill.”
Stewart said this will eliminate hunters having to pay a permit fee.
He also said suppression devices help to prevent long-term hearing loss.
“They can obviously help to protect the hearing of folks who may have hearing sensitivities or may do a lot of shooting either while hunting or on a range,” Stewart said.
Scott said the law will go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns.