Boyden: Why aren’t we using Project Exile?

Boyden: Why aren’t we using Project Exile?

The recent article about a Scituate resident complaining of noise from firearms is prompting me to write. Suppressors, commonly known as silencers, reduce the noise of a firearms discharge. They do not as commonly shown in movies and TV eliminate all noise. Unless subsonic ammunition is used there is still the “sonic boom” of the bullet breaking sound barrier however the noise is greatly reduced. Suppressors are not legal in R.I. but 42 states have legalized their use. Why not R.I.? The federal government imposes a $200 transfer tax on them, why? I believe many folks would gladly own and use one as taking some of the noise out of target practice would benefit the shooter too. Contact your elected representatives.

On another firearms related issue. The legislation being considered at the state and federal level is very similar to the “Clinton gun ban” of the 1990s. It did little or nothing to reduce firearms crime and as a result was allowed to expire. There is a proven program that does dramatically reduce firearms crime though. Project Exile, tried in Richmond, Va. in the late ‘90s. Very briefly, it sent those who used a firearm in a crime to federal prison. The first year (1998) homicides declined 33 percent and armed robberies declined 30 percent. The next year homicides declined another 21 percent. Why is such an effective program not in effect nationwide? Who could be against such a worthy program that gets criminals off the street? For a nice summary of Project Exile look it up on Wikipedia. And contact your elected representatives.

Tom Boyden

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