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U.S. ban on guns that escape metal detectors set to expire

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Quigley_Sharps, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

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    A traveler walks through a metal detector at a security check point in John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, February, 29, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
    By David Ingram

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 25-year-old U.S. ban on any firearms that can escape discovery by a metal detector is scheduled to expire next month, just as law enforcement officials say they are closely watching the proliferation of plastic guns made with 3D printers.

    Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that if the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act is allowed to end, plastic guns made with the fast-evolving 3D printing technology could be smuggled more easily.

    "This is a very worrisome threat to law enforcement and to people who fly every day. We can't have guns legally in circulation that are not detectable by metal detectors," Holder said in a statement.

    The law is due to expire on December 9, according to the Justice Department. Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation months ago to renew the ban, but their proposals have not gotten votes.

    New 3D printers have been used to build working firearms, in addition to medical devices, furniture and an array of other objects.

    Americans generally may make guns for personal use, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but the 1988 law prohibits anyone from making a gun that, after removal of grips, stocks and magazines, is imperceptible by a metal detector.

    Holder said a renewed ban on undetectable guns "should enjoy broad, bipartisan support."

    Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York said in a statement that lawmakers "are actively exploring all options to pass legislation that will eliminate the threat of completely undetectable weapons."

    President Barack Obama pushed new gun control measures such as expanded background checks this year in response to the December 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, but the legislation failed in the Senate. The House did not take it up.
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    What a load of paranoid nonsense.
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  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Here we go again. Panic the masses with a false problem to distract them from the real problems. The real sad part is that it works on the majority of people.
  4. JABECmfg

    JABECmfg multi-useless Site Supporter

    Anyone else notice how he threw the word "legally" in there?
  5. bfayer

    bfayer Keeper Of The Faith

    Listen we all know that the only thing we need to do to stop evil people from doing evil things is to pass a law that keep honest people from doing something. Really it's common sense. [lolol]

    As long as we have this law it will be impossible for a bad guy to buy a 3D printer make a gun and kill someone with it. After all there is a law. :rolleyes:
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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Simple solution. Put all 3d printers in gun free zones. Problem solved. They will now be impossible to create....right?;)
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  7. Leigh

    Leigh Monkey

    Elected idiots, pure & simple...
    Until someone can make metallic cartridges "invisible" to metal detectors, it's pretty moot.
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