The U.S. House approved Tuesday a 10-year extension of a federal law banning guns that can go undetected by metal detectors and X-ray machines.
The measure passed on an overwhelming bipartisan vote, despite reservations from Democrats who would like to expand the scope of the law to address concerns about 3D printing technology, which can produce solid objects out of digital models — including firearms — and did not exist commercially when the law was first enacted. Without significant opposition, the House did not record members’ votes on the bill.
“As a practical matter, it looks like the choice before the country and the Congress is whether to let this ban on the plastics expire or not. It should not expire,” said Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., who acknowledged that an effort by Senate Democrats to expand the restriction is unlikely to overcome GOP opposition. “There’s lots of things we’d do if majority ruled, and (Democrats) were the majority here, but we’re going to have to practice the art of the possible and pass the best law we can.”
The Senate Democrats seek to amend the law to require that metal has to be permanently attached to the gun, closing what they call a loophole that would allow removable metal parts.
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Source: Detroit Free Press