I have a Silent Cat as well, it's cool but definitely not "silent!"I have a gamo "silent cat" (similar design) and it's far from ultra quiet. I also have a lever action 22 that I load with subsonic ammo, and it is much quieter than the air rifle.
In Texas, an air gun is considered a non-powder gun. Under federal law, air guns are not considered firearms due to the fact that their projectiles are expelled by the force of air, a non-explosive force, rather than by the energy created by the explosive force of gunpowder.Sec. 21-14. - Air gun, paint ball gun or spring gun; furnishing to minor. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person within the city to sell, or give to, or place in the possession of, any person under the age of sixteen (16) years, any gun which discharges a bullet or missile by means of compressed air, or any gun discharging a bullet or missile by means of a spring. (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, discharge or bring into a public park any gun, which discharges a bullet, missile or paintball by means of compressed air, gas propellant, or any gun discharging a bullet, missile or paintball by means of a spring. It shall be an affirmative defense to any charge that written permission was provided by the director of parks and recreation for a special event. (Ord. No. 2008-04-17-0317, § 3, 4-17-08) Editor's note— Ord. No. 2008-04-17-0317, § 3, adopted April 17, 2008, amended section 21-14 in its entirety to read as herein set out. Formerly, section 21-14 pertained to air gun or spring gun; furnishing to minors, and derived from the Code of 1950, § 41-19, and the Code of 1959, § 26-26.