Sig Sauer Loses Battle Over "Silencer" Classification In Federal Appeals Court

Jun 24, 2016

Sig Sauer's MPX as shown on Cabela's website

New Hampshire gun manufacturer Sig Sauer lost an appeal in a US Appeals Court this week. The dispute was over the classification of a “silencer" device.

Guns with silencers are subject to more regulations than guns without. Eight states ban them altogether. So when the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms classified a muzzle device made by Sig Sauer as a silencer, the New Hampshire gun company fought back.

The company contended that the part was also intended as a muzzle break, and barrel extension, and was not intended solely for the purpose of suppressing sound.

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court affirmed the lower court ruling that the bureau’s classification of the silencer is accurate.