HJR 27: Urging the United States Congress to pass the Hearing Protection Act.

00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27 01 Urging the United States Congress to pass the Hearing Protection Act. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS art. I, sec. 19, Constitution of the State of Alaska, enshrines a right to 04 keep and bear arms, stating "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free 05 state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The individual right 06 to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the State or a political subdivision of 07 the State."; and 08 WHEREAS the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) "supports the 09 use of firearm noise suppressors as a form of an engineering noise control to reduce hazardous 10 firearm noise exposures"; and 11 WHEREAS the NHCA asserts that "suppressors can be an important hearing 12 conservation tool in preventing [noise-induced hearing loss] in firearms users" and therefore 13 "supports passage of the Hearing Protection Act"; and 14 WHEREAS Ronald Turk, the former Associate Deputy Director of the federal Bureau 15 of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, stated in a 2017 white paper that "[g]iven the 16 lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not

01 be viewed as a threat to public safety necessitating [National Firearms Act] classification, and 02 should be considered for reclassification under the [Gun Control Act]"; and 03 WHEREAS, in 2011, hunting and wildlife viewing generated $4,100,000,000 in 04 economic activity in the state; and 05 WHEREAS, in fiscal year 2020, the state received nearly $44,000,000 in grants for 06 wildlife and sportfish restoration projects from excise tax revenue under the Pittman- 07 Robertson Act; and 08 WHEREAS, under the Hearing Protection Act, reclassification of suppressors under 09 the Gun Control Act would lead to one of the largest increases in excise tax revenue under the 10 Pittman-Robertson Act in decades, which would lead directly to increased funding for wildlife 11 conservation efforts in the state; and 12 WHEREAS the manufacture of suppressors in the state constitutes a viable economic 13 development opportunity, for even remote communities; and 14 WHEREAS United States Representative Don Young has been a cosponsor of the 15 Hearing Protection Act since 2017; and 16 WHEREAS United States Senator Dan Sullivan has been a cosponsor of the Hearing 17 Protection Act since 2019; 18 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 19 Congress to immediately pass and implement the Hearing Protection Act. 20 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the 21 Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, 22 members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.