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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Congress voted to extend the 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban would have expired. Spurred on by the recent advances in 3-D printing techniques, some Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials believe the restrictions must also be tightened.
The Republican-led House approved the 10-year extension of the ban on Tuesday. Democrats’ preference would have been to also require permanent metal components that would make plastic firearms more detectable.
“We can’t let a minute or hour or day go by without having a renewal” of the ban, said Brian Malte, a director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
The Democratic-run Senate returns from a two-week Thanksgiving break next Monday, the day before the ban expires. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he will seek fast approval of a measure renewing the ban and tightening the restrictions.
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A Massachusetts politician has put forth a proposal to allow local police to enter homes without a warrant in order to inspect whether gun owners are properly storing their firearms.
The idea was floated by Swampsott Selectman Barry Greenfield, who expressed frustration about the Newtown school massacre in the neighboring state of Connecticut and in other cases where people have obtained their parents’ guns to carry out shootings.
“We need the ability to enforce the state law,” Greenfield said, according to the Swampscott Patch.
The town of Swampscott reportedly has about 600 gun owners. Under Massachusetts law, it is “unlawful to store or keep any firearm … in any place unless such weapon is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, properly engaged so as to render such weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user.”
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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance that places a confiscatory ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammo on Oct. 29.
Those who are in possession of the high-capacity magazines or high-capacity ammunition feeding devices will have 90 days to turn them over to police, sell them out-of-state or render them permanently inoperable. Failure to do so will result in misdemeanor charges.
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