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
  • 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

Legalized the use of 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


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.

Thompson Center Arms

since 1967
New Hampshire, Massachusetts

  • Warren Center developed an unusual break-action, single-shot pistol
    – in his basement workshop in RochesterNew Hampshire 
  • 1965 Warren Center joined the K.W. Thompson Tool Company
  • 1967 Warren Center’s Contender pistol introduced
  • 1968 name was changed to Thompson/Center Arms Company
  • 1970 introduced Warren Center’s Hawken-styled black powder muzzle-loader rifle
  • 1983 Encore was released
    – uses a different trigger mechanism
    – larger and stronger frame
    – over 86 cartridges
  • 1992 United States v. Thompson/Center Arms Co
    – Court ruled in the the rifle conversion kit did not constitute a short-barreled rifle under the National Firearms Act of 1934
  • 1996  major factory fire at the Thompson/Center factory
    – destroyed all tooling and parts for Scout & Patriot pistols & the Seneca rifle
    – they were all discontinued
  • January 4, 2007, Thompson/Center was purchased by Smith & Wesson
  •  December 8, 2010 manufacturing was moved to Springfield, Massachusetts

Thompson Center Arms
2100 Roosevelt Ave.
Springfield, MA 01104

(866) 730-1614