Actually....I know silencers are illegal and I would NEVER make one or buy one while it is against the law....HOWEVER....I am completely in favor of changing that law, and allowing silencers in some fashion for the average Joe. There is very little reason that silencers should not be allowed by law. Most of the fear is from movies made showing mafia hits etc using them which is BS.
Silencers use in real life however, would have a beneficial impact on the public. Think of the shooting range with everyone using silencers....you could shoot mostly without ear protection. Mass production of legal silencers would bring the price down where you could replace them as often as required. Hunting using silencers would be of benefit to many people due to the lower amt. of sound when the weapon is fired. Much less ear damage.
In my mind it is similar to if all autos in the USA were not allowed to have mufflers. (the ban on silencers)
Just my 2c worth. I know we have ATF agent(s) here, so bust my chops where I am wrong if you think so.
PS...I do not foresee any lifting of the ban in the near future..but I still think the ban is dumb.
I have seen a show on TV that showed the "factory" where silencers are made for legal uses, and they are very complex and technical, to do a proper job of silencing without effecting the ballistics of the rounds, and maintaining a small and lightweight design. The real silencers are extremely technical and difficult to produce.
I know that DW has a suppressor on one of his rifles for hunting varmints. I love the idea of having one. Just don't want to have to pay that much to own one. In Vermont its a $10.00 fine to have one. hah.