House Votes to Extend Ban on Plastic Guns for 10 Years


The House approved a bill Tuesday that would extend a ban on manufacturing plastic firearms that are not detectable by security-screening devices, the first federal gun legislation approved since the school massacre in Connecticut nearly a year ago, reports the Washington Post. The Senate is likely to join the House in approving a 10-year extension of the ban on plastic guns when it returns from a break next week, though some continued to argue in favor of outlawing the use of 3-D printers to manufacture weapons.

Extending the plastic-gun ban, first imposed in 1988 but set to expire Dec. 9, is the one firearms issue on which Republicans and Democrats found common ground this year during months of debate and discussion after last December’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school. The National Rifle Association remained silent on the issue of extending the ban.

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