State Considers Allowing Silencers For Game Hunters

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Semi-automatic assault style rifles on display at a gun show. (credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - It’s a tool you may have only seen used by bad guys in big screen blockbusters. An effort is underway though to allow Texas hunters to use firearm silencers as they hunt for game.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is proposing a rule change that would allow silencers, or supressors, for alligators, game animals and game birds. The tools are banned right now over concern their use might lead to poaching, or an increase in harvest numbers.

“We don’t have any evidence to support either of those arguments,” said Scott Vaca, the assistant chief of wildlife enforcement with the TPWD.

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