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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that ownership of firearms silencers is rising in Ohio.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1d0or33 ) said silencers are one of the fastest-growing segments of the firearms market — and registrations skyrocketed in Ohio last year.

Ohio saw the second largest increase in suppressor registrations in the nation. Experts said interest in the devices could increase if state lawmakers decide to allow them to be used for hunting.

Gun advocates said silencers reduce hearing problems related to loud gunfire and increase shooting accuracy. They said suppressors are safety devices that unfairly have a bad reputation.

Some gun-control groups said they don't have a stance on permitting hunters to use suppressors. But they said silencers can pose safety risks, allowing violent criminals to shoot people without attracting attention.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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