A ban on plastic guns that can evade airport detection machines has been renewed, but the Senate has rejected tougher restrictions demanded by gun-control advocates.
The vote in the Senate came just days before the nation marks the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
It was the final congressional approval to a 10-year extension of the prohibition against guns that can slip past metal detectors and X-ray machines. The House voted last week for an identical renewal of the ban.
Congressional approval came just in time – without action, the ban would have expired on Tuesday.
But Republican senators voted against a measure requiring that such weapons contain undetachable metal parts.
The current law allows plastic guns with a metal piece that can be removed, raising the threat of them being slipped past security screeners at schools, airports and elsewhere.
The rejection of stricter curbs highlighted the repeated setbacks for gun-control advocates in Congress since last December 14, when a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself.
The shooting rekindled the debate on gun control, but no firearm restrictions have been pushed through Congress.
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Source: SKY News