Senate Extends Plastic-Gun Ban   Leave a comment

Back in 1988, Congress passed the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act, which banned the manufacture, distribution and sale of any firearm that could not be detected by metal detection devices; at the time, this was done, in part, over fears of firearms such as the Glock 17, which possessed just enough metal parts to avoid detection. One fear that members of Congress did not have at the time, however, was a fear over 3-D printed firearms, since such weapons were still in the very, very hypothetical stages…

…fast forward to 2013: with just days before the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting, the Senate voted earlier today to extend the life of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 by ten additional years, despite opposition from the NRA and other gun-rights groups. To be fair, the bill wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been; Senate Republicans did succeed in blocking attempts to strengthen the bill by requiring metal parts to be used in 3-D printed firearms, but in the balance this has to count as a victory for gun-safety advocates and that, in this politically charged environment, is a good thing.

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Posted December 9, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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