Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The House Renews 1988 Ban on Plastic Guns

Liberator Plastic Pistol
Last year, Texas firearms dealer Cody Wilson posted online directions to make a gun called a “Liberator” on a 3-D printer. More than 100,000 copies of the gun were downloaded before the State Department told Wilson to remove the file.


The Republican-led House passed a bill today renewing a U.S. ban on plastic guns, just days before the 1988 law is set to lapse. 

The ban on weapons that can elude detectors at security checkpoints expires Dec. 9, as the Senate returns from a recess and is set to take up the measure. The National Rifle Association, the largest U.S. gun lobby, has been silent on the plastic-gun ban.

The House by voice vote passed the bill, sponsored by North Carolina RepublicanHoward Coble. The measure heads to the Senate, where Democratic lawmakers are considering revisions to deal with emerging technology.
Advocates for expanded gun laws say the House vote may be a signal that some support exists for stricter laws after the shooting almost a year ago in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 elementary school students and six adults.
“Any time you see the House of Representatives moving forward on firearms legislation it’s a very good sign,” said Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Washington-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.


  1. Because, as we all know, criminals obey the law.


    1. We know that listening to your criminal statements.

    2. Anonymous, prove it, or stop lying.

    3. I already proved it, many times. You are a lying criminal coward. Thanks for confirming it, by refusing to reply, coward.

  2. "Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, vowed to expand the plastic-gun ban to cover emerging three-dimensional technology that lets individuals make and carry detachable parts that can’t be detected by security."

    And of course this isn't going to be just a simple vote on the existing law. They want to add stuff to it. So by their description of the change, they want to outlaw guns you can take apart and get individual pieces through security checkpoints.
    Of course, this could potentially apply to any firearm that can be disassembled, like all of them. The emerging printing technology just takes the place of other part forming implements, like mills or lathes.