Director Heather Martens of Protect Minnesota said the lack of suppressor appearances in crimes is due to the prohibition.
"The more available silencers become, the more they are likely to be used in crime," she said in an email.
2007, Alaskan lawyer Paul A. Clark wrote in Western Criminology Review:
"One might conclude that if silencers were more common their use in
crime would also increase, but there is no real way to tell."
one can effectively muffle a firearm by doing nothing more than
wrapping it in a towel it is unlikely that laws banning professionally
manufactured (or home-made) silencers are likely to have any real effect
on crime," he wrote.
Howe said would-be troublemakers would use "some backyard method" to suppress the sound of a gun.