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At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

Cody Wilson held a pistol made using a 3-D plastic printer at his home in Austin, Texas. He posted blueprints online.
Cody Wilson held a pistol made using a 3-D plastic printer at his home in Austin, Texas. He posted blueprints online.Credit: Austin American Statesman via AP

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WASHINGTON — With 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

On a voice vote, the House passed a bill to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act for another decade.

The Senate could vote on the bill next Monday when it returns from a two-week Thanksgiving recess. The law is due to expire the following day.

Some Senate Democrats have mounted an attempt to amend the law to require plastic guns to have at least one metal piece for making it fire. But with the National Rifle Association opposed to the measure, the House bill is likely to pass the Senate unchanged, particularly going into an election year when many lawmakers would prefer to avoid a new fight over gun legislation.

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