The seven-member commission made their decision at its semi-annual public meeting in Key Largo. Suppressors were already permitted on shotguns used for any type of hunting and on rifles and handguns used to hunt hogs, furbearers, armadillos, and other non-game animals on private land. According to a Florida Today story, hunters asked the FWC to look into allowing suppressors for all hunting to protect hearing and encourage more young hunters. The commission, led by director of hunting and game management Diane Eggeman, unanimously approved the proposal in September, and accepted public commentary before bringing the matter to a final vote this week. Eggeman said that Florida averages 10 firearm-related hunting incidents per year, and "no reported incident has ever involved a firearm with a suppressor."