Plastic Gun Law Sunset: The Next Big Fight?

Democrats and Mr. Obama love to create a fight when things should be simple

(The Hill) Guns that cannot be detected by X-ray machines will no longer be banned if Congress does not renew the decades-old prohibition by Dec. 9.

The 1998 Undetectable Firearms Act will sunset that day, ending the prohibition at a time when new technology has made it easier than ever before to manufacture plastic guns with 3-D printers.

Gun control activists warn that a lapse would allow anyone with a few thousand dollars to build a homemade gun that would be undetectable at airports, government buildings or schools.

How dangerous are these guns? Well, let’s see. No one has been prosecuted over the 1998 law. There are no reports of the guns being used in crimes. The bullets and several components must be made of metal, otherwise no bang. And the AFT found that 3D printed guns were likely to blow up in one’s face.

Senator Sessions objected to a unanimous consent decree, and said they would be happy to take it up when the Senate returns on December 9th.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said it was Senate Democrats who were to blame for refusing to work with Republicans on a separate proposal reauthorize the law for either five or ten years.

“Congressional Republicans support a lengthy extension of the ban on firearms that cannot be picked up by metal detectors,” Grassley said Tuesday via a written statement. “The Senate Majority consciously and consistently rebuffed our efforts to continue the prohibition for five to ten more years.”

Unsurprisingly, Democrats attempted to add all sorts of gun control riders to the re-authorization

“We are looking at a world in which anyone with a little bit of cash can bring an undetectable gun, that can fire multiple bullets, anywhere — including planes, government buildings, sporting events and schools,” Schumer said in a written statement to The Hill.

“This ban cannot be allowed to expire.”

A little bit of cash being thousands and thousands of dollars, access to proper materials, and access to a 3D printing machine, all to make a gun that doesn’t work very well, and still requires metal, all when it would be easier to obtain a regular gun when someone has murder in their heart.

I suspect that this will turn what should be a simple re-authorization of the act into a big fight, with Democrats and Obama demagoging the issue, as they typically do, after they add all sorts of unacceptable riders to the legislation.

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2 Responses to “Plastic Gun Law Sunset: The Next Big Fight?”

  1. Brad Ervin says:

    We can enact laws only in the US but planes fly into and out of every nation. If plastic “undetectable” guns were a problem they would be in use right now.

  2. OverStuffed_Gumballs says:

    Right on Brad.

    Hey, I have an idea. Why don’t the Dems propose that the plastics industry create a new process whereby plastic can be detected in metal detectors. Am sure that since it will be a law, then it will happen and be an easy fix. Problem solved. Oh. and then they can create a law that says no one should be shot with a plastic gun.

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