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Congress to Vote on Extending Plastic Gun Ban

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congress has less than a week to re-authorize the "Undectable Firearms Act" which requires all guns to have metal pieces in order to make them show up in x-ray machines and metal detectors.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congress has less than a week to re-authorize the "Undectable Firearms Act" which requires all guns to have metal pieces in order to make them show up in x-ray machines and metal detectors. 

The law has been on the books since 1988 and has been re-authorized unanimously twice before.  But now some in Congress say it's out of date and they are proposing changes. 

With only a "voice vote", the house passed a resolution re-authorizing the "Undectable Firearms Act" for ten more years.

Now the bill heads to the senate where Democrat Chuck Schumer (NY) has argued new technology has made the law outdated..
"Someone in Texas published on the web site a way to make a plastic gun, buying a 3-D printer for less than a thousand dollars," Schumer points out.

Under the current law, the metal on the plastic gun can be removable and isn't necessary to fire the weapon.  Schumer and some others want to change that.
"It is a matter of common sense that we don't want to make it easy for terrorists and criminals to bring guns past metal detectors onto our planes and into security environments," says Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)

The NRA says it is okay with re-authorizing the bill as-is,  but  in a statement says:  "the NRA strongly opposes any expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act."

Firearms instructor Alex Delgadillo agrees.  "I believe in, if it works, it's fine.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Delgadillo, a California gun dealer says the proposed changes may deter some people but not determined criminals. "If they want to get a gun into a place that has metal detectors, they'll find a way."

The senate is expected to take up the legislation Monday, after it returns from a two-week holiday recess.  That's one day before the current law expires.

(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)


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