SWAT teams in Illinois can now attach silencers to their weapons, under a new law. Silencers reduce the noise when a weapon is fired. State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) says that noise impairs officers’ hearing momentarily, and lawmakers want to give those precious seconds back.
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“I think there’s bipartisan support for making our public and police force safer and more able to react to crisis situations,” says Koehler. The exemption applies only to special operations and tactical response teams. Owning a silencer without permission is otherwise a Class 3 felony, worth two to five years in prison.