Tags: Gun Rights | plastic | gun | ban | renewed

Congress Renews Plastic Gun Ban

Image: Congress Renews Plastic Gun Ban

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 08:12 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Congress on Monday beat a midnight deadline and renewed an expiring prohibition on plastic guns that can slip past metal detectors, but lawmakers failed to advance tougher restrictions introduced by Democrats.

The Senate by unanimous consent approved a 10-year extension of the 1988 ban, which became a focal point this year amid increasing concern that ever-improving 3-D printing technology is facilitating the homemade production of firearms made of hard polymer.

The House passed an identical extension last week, and the measure -- which comes just days before the first anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at a Newtown, Ct., elementary school -- now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Gun control advocates have pressed for new laws restricting firearms in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, which saw 20 first-graders and six teachers shot dead by a man wielding a semi-automatic rifle, but they have been stymied by Republican opposition.

Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer had sought to expand the scope of the ban to make it illegal for people to use 3-D printers to make guns that did not contain an undetachable metal part.

"I think it would have made the bill better, stronger, with fewer loopholes," Schumer said on the Senate floor.

"But that doesn't mean we can't try to do that over the next several months."

Schumer has argued that such a loophole, if not closed, would allow people, including terrorists, to more easily smuggle a working firearm onto a plane or into a secure facility.

Republicans blocked the Schumer language, arguing it could be construed as an attempt to further regulate gun laws.

"I am glad gun control groups failed in their attempts to use this vote as an opportunity to further regulate the lawful ownership of firearms," said Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who backed the unadorned extension.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Small Plane Crash on Fla. Beach Kills Father, Injures Daughter

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 06:29 AM

A Georgia man is dead and his 9-year-old daughter is in the hospital with critical injuries after they were hit by a sma . . .

Plane Crash Kills Dad Walking on Beach With Daughter

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 17:42 PM

Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand whe n a small plane cra . . .

Family of 5 Shot Dead in Maine, Gun Recovered

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 20:54 PM

A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved