Hunters can shoot in silence

It will be easier for hunters to use silencers on their rifle come this elk (moose) hunting season. Starting this October, thousands of hunters will be allowed to hunt in silence.

Clas Johansson, who is responsible for weapons questions at the National Police Board, is in full agreement with the rule.

“We are breaking out these rules from the others, and silencers will be allowed for use beginning the first of October,” he said, according to the Västerbottens-Kuriren on Wednesday.

The mufflers will still be counted as a weapon part needing a license, but all of those who apply can count on being approved. He said those who apply for the silencer in order to prevent hearing damage will get the license.

The Police Board has in the past said no to silencers, saying it would aid poachers or other criminals.