Congress Renews Expiring Ban on Undetectable Guns


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Guns have been a topic of great debate in America the past couple of years. Now Congress and the President have signed a bill, banning firearms that are hard to trace.The ban pertains to predominately plastic guns that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x-ray machines. The move is a renewal of the Undetectable Firearms Act that went into law in 1988. Gun retailers said the law helps make sure each transaction is regulated and recorded for safety.

"Anything that's made illegal like that, they have no way of tracing it. Without traces they don't know who sells them, or who's buying them. They could be smuggled from one country to another." said Claudis Walker, Owner of Walker Guns-N-More.

Gun retailers also said serial numbers are a big way to regulate gun sales, and many plastic guns won't have those. 3D printers are now capable of creating working guns, which is reportedly one reason congress extended the law for ten years.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Congress has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. But it has defeated gun-control advocates' push for tougher restrictions.

The Senate used a voice vote Monday to renew the ban. The House did the same last week, so it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Republicans blocked a proposal by New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. He wanted to require that plastic guns have an undetachable part made of metal.

Some plastic guns follow the law by including a metal piece that can be detached.

Democrats say 3-D printers that can produce plastic guns make tighter restrictions necessary. Republicans say Schumer's idea should be studied.

Unless Congress acted, the prohibition would have expired at midnight.

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