Congress Renews Ban On Plastic, Undetectable Guns For Decade

Congress has voted to renew a ban on plastic firearms that could evade detection machines after an effort to pass tougher restrictions was blocked by Republicans.

The Senate approved a 10-year extension of the prohibition against guns that can slip past metal detectors and X-ray machines by voice vote Monday night, narrowly beating a midnight deadline.

The House voted last week for an identical, decade-long renewal of the ban, and the measure now goes to President Obama for his signature.

However, GOP senators rejected an effort led by Sen. Chuck Schumer to make the ban tougher by requiring such weapons contain undetachable metal parts. Some plastic guns meet the letter of the current law with a metal piece that can be removed, meaning they could potentially be slipped past security screeners at schools, airports and elsewhere.

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