Hunter, the silencer laws we have here were passed in 1934, during the tail end of the "Gangster Era" when the papers were filled with stories of daily killings during bank robberies, bootleggers getting into firefights with police, etc. In those days, silencers were seen as the tool of the assassin or hitman trying to avoid notice. Public opinion and certainly opinions among lawmakers have changed little since then. Look at popular movies like the James Bond series and similar, movies depicting hitmen, etc. and they all use silencers for the express purpose of killing silently. I can't think of a single mainstream movie where they were used for recreational purposes, other than maybe a bored hitman using one to "target practice" in his hotel room while awaiting further instructions. Same for books, the silencer equipped pistol or "sniper rifle" is standard fare for every writer out there. Sadly, outside of those arenas, few people have actual experience with suppressors. You can go to almost any range here today, screw a can on the end of your gun, and at least 90% of the people there will think you are breaking the law and are a criminal of some sort. I know of at least one guy who got so tired of having to educate patrons, range personnell, and the cops who were called on him that his stuff was legal that he simply sold all his stuff for a huge loss and bought some ear plugs.