SILVER LINING: Sen. Bob Ballinger finds one in silencer ruling.

The United States Supreme Court today refused to take up a decision that allowed regulation of gun silencers.

Two Kansas men appealed convictions for failure to register the suppressors, or silencers, as federal law requires. The devices muffle the sound of gunshots. A silencer was used in a recent mass shooting in Virginia.

The Kansas men claimed a Second Amendment protection from the regulation. An appellate upheld the conviction. Two Arkansas angles:

  • Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined Republicans in six others states in arguing that the men’s convictions should be overturned.
  • The Arkansas legislature recently passed a law that explicitly exempts silencers from regulation under Arkansas law.

Sen. Bob Ballinger, who sponsored the silencer protection law, found a silver lining.