LATEST SENATOR NELSON
They’re called undetectable firearms. These fully functioning guns often made with resin or plastic using a 3-D printer can be carried through a metal detector and past security without sounding any alarms.
In 2013, Congress acted to extend the ban on such guns by requiring that all firearms contain at least 3.7 ounces of steel so they can be detected by a metal detector. What Congress didn't do, however, is require that the main components of a gun have to be metal – creating a huge legal loophole that allows people to simply attach a piece of metal to an otherwise fully-plastic gun to meet the law’s requirement.
These metal attachments, which make a plastic gun legal, could be easily removed before someone goes through a security screening – making the gun undetectable, yet likely still fully functional.
To close this loophole, two senior U.S. lawmakers today filed legislation to require that at least one main component in every firearm (i.e. the frame or barrel) be made of metal.
The legislation – filed by U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) – would make it illegal to manufacture or possess a firearm that doesn’t have a central metal component. Unlike an easily-detachable piece of metal, removing one of the gun’s main components prior to a security screening would likely make it inoperable.
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