House Passes Plastic Gun Ban; Senate Looks to Expand Scope

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
12/09/2013
       
House Passes Plastic Gun Ban; Senate Looks to Expand Scope

On December 3, the House of Representatives passed a bill banning the manufacture, possession, and sale of plastic guns. So overwhelming was the support for the measure that the rules were suspended and it was passed by voice vote.

The bill extends for 10 years the Undetectable Firearms Act (HR 3626) that was set to expire on December 9. The law was originally enacted in 1988. 

Back from its Thanksgiving recess, the Senate will soon begin debate on its version of the bill.

In a report on the vote published by Bloomberg, plans for a Senate expansion of the bill are revealed.

Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, vowed to expand the plastic-gun ban to cover emerging three-dimensional technology that lets individuals make and carry detachable parts that can’t be detected by security.

Schumer lost a bid on Nov. 27 to extend the law for one year, rather than 10, so he could work on closing a “dangerous loophole” he said has emerged since the ban was enacted.

“When it was written in 1988, no one thought that it would be possible to produce these guns,” Schumer said today on a conference call with reporters. “It was done at the behest of the most extreme elements of the far right who believe there shouldn’t be any restrictions on any plastic guns at all.”

Although lawmakers in the House passed the bill, it did not include a provision calling for permanent metal pieces to be installed in the plastic guns produced by 3D printers, the technology referred to by Schumer (shown) in the press conference.

Remarkably, the National Rifle Association, an organization looked to by many as guardians of the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, has remained silent on the issue, refusing to call for its defeat.

There is one group not keeping mum, however, on the threat posed by the bill and the Schumer proposal: the Gun Owners of America (GOA).

In a call to action on its website, the GOA explains the danger to this fundamental right potentially lurking in a Schumer amendment:

Click here to read the entire article.

Photo of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): AP Images

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