WASHINGTON – The Senate on Monday agreed to extend by another decade a ban on plastic guns that can evade traditional security screening, after an effort to include stronger limits was rejected.
The renewed Undetectable Firearms Act, which is due to expire at midnight, now goes to President
First passed in 1988 and signed by President Reagan, the law requires that plastic guns contain enough metal to set off a metal detector or appear in X-ray scanners. It has been renewed twice before, under Presidents Clinton and
At a time when more ambitious gun safety legislation has failed to advance in
Still, advocates of stricter gun measures lamented that the renewed measure does not go far enough. Sen.
"This isn't just a perceived or imagined threat," Murphy said. "This is real. This is now."
Senate Republicans resisted Schumer's amendment, which also would have extended the ban by only one year instead of 10, as a political stunt.
“If anybody in the Senate is so concerned about what they consider to be loopholes in the law, this obviously should have been done through hearings and the introduction of legislation long ago,” said Sen.