The lower house of the Montana State legislature just passed a bill that would legalize the use of suppressed ('moderated' to you folks) rifles for hunting. This still has to make it through the State Legislature but there are no real vocal objection from what my political Peeps tell me. The bill is in a group of bills that deal with firearms regulation, or the blockage thereof. One bill forbids law enforcement from enforcing any new Federal laws; this in support to a bill that was passed three years ago that reaffirmed that only States have the right to control firearms within their borders. (Technically, a suppressor made in Montana, that stays in Montana, is legal to own. The Feds only get involved when it crosses into the realm of "interstate commerce") This new bill deepens the line drawn in the sand, as it were.
Anyhow. Other than a .22 Suppressor for small game hunting, you won't find me rushing out to buy one, or make one, for big game hunting. Interesting change in attitudes though.~Muir