American Suppressor Association

Sept 8, 2011

  • September 8th,  2011 articles of incorporation were approved American Silencer Association (ASA)
    – now known as the American Suppressor Association.
  • 2011 Founded by Knox Williams
  • 2011 = 285,000 legally obtained suppressors in circulation
    = 39 states were legal to own
  • AAC, Gemtech, and SilencerCo each pledged $5,000 towards the development of a trade association
  • 2012 – ASA Visited the ATF Technology Branch in West Virginia
  • December 2013 – Knox Williams became Executive Director of ASA
  • 2015 – 2017 Michael Williams became full-time attorney 
  • September 2016 – Owen Miller became Director of Outreach
  • 2020 = 1,750,000 suppressors in circulation
    = Law-abiding citizens in 42 states can own suppressors
    = hunters in 40 states are now allowed to use suppressors

Legalized suppressor ownership

  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Vermont

Removed the prohibition on suppressors while hunting

  • July 1, 2014 – Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Wyoming


started in 2010

  • GunsAmerica is an online platform that connects people with guns, the gun industry, new products, and gun dealers
  • a classifieds site, not an auction site

North Miami Beach, FL



Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA)

2005 – The organization got its start when dozens of traditional outdoor communicators looking for a professional organization that served their specific needs met at the 2005 SHOT Show and via tele-conference with journalists attending the Safari Club International Show

mission statement

The Professional Outdoor Media Association, Inc. is a group of individual communicators and Corporate Partners who believe in, defend, support and promote the heritage of hunting, fishing, shooting, and traditional outdoor sports through writing, photography, and other means. By doing so, members hope to educate the general public about these sports and encourage more participation in them. The organization serves the membership by helping members grow professionally, improve their skills, better their working environments and enhance their business.


POMA Office & Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1569
Johnstown, PA 15907
Phone 814-254-4719


During the meeting, nine respected outdoor journalists were selected  to a committee

  • Jim Zumbo
  • J. Wayne Fears
  • Tom Gresham
  • John Phillips
  • Betty Lou Fegely
  • Jim Casada
  • Bryce Towsley
  • Tony Mandile
  • Laurie Lee Dovey.

POMA is dedicated to seeing the traditional outdoor sports story is told honestly and fairly so hunting, fishing, the shooting sports and trapping will endure.