3-D printer guns at center of House vote to extend screening law
December 3rd, 2013
08:02 AM ET
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3-D printer guns at center of House vote to extend screening law

(CNN) – House lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to approve a 10-year extension of a federal law requiring that all guns be detectable by metal screening machines.

But partisan wrangling could still mean the Undetectable Firearms Act will expire next Monday.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I saw video when a guy actually snuck one of these into a room where Netanyahu was giving a speech. I'm sure our enemies are already trying to figure out how to assemble these. I know there are going to be a lot of privacy concerns, but someone can literally go through a metal detector at an airport with one of these and board a plane. We need to start taking precautionary measures NOW!!! Some airports have body scan machines. I suggest they be installed at every airport around the globe.

    December 3, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    That has led to worries that plastic guns could pass through metal detectors without being flagged by simply removing the block, which isn't required for a 3-D-printed gun to operate.
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    There was an episode of "All In The Family", back in the early 1970s, that dealt the then current topic of hijackers tacking over commercial jetliners. Archie Bunker got involved in the issue, eventually making a public safety commercial. In the ad, Archie suggets that the way to solve the hijacking problem would be to arm all of the passengers with pistols as they boarded the plane. The pistols were to be returned as they left the plane. It had sounded so ridiculous at the time that you had to laugh.

    Today we hear groups like the NRA offering the "Archie Bunker Solution" to our nations's problem with gun violence. Suddenly, it's not funny anymore. I cannot help but wonder where the NRA got their idea from. Archie Bunker was a hard line conservative, who today would fit right in with the Tea Party crowd.

    December 3, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Now we will have to listen to the crazy person from the NRA again.

    December 3, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. rs

    The spineless GOP will fold like the proverbial house of cards against the crazies of the NRA (i.e. Wayne La Pierre). The law will unfortunately expire (remember it was first written and signed in the Reagan years-like the automatic weapons ban!). The GOP is whistling past the graveyard hoping that these guns won't impact their little lives.

    December 3, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    This should be a no-brainer.

    Curious though... wouldn't the bullets used in these things set off the detectors?

    December 3, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. Name

    Surely this is one piece of gun control that we can all agree on. There can't be a reasonable argument for being able to hide a gun from a metal detector.

    December 3, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. rs

    Kind of a sad commentary as we come up on the 1 year anniversary of 26 first-graders being blown apart by a crazy person with an AR-15. Sure- that's not the gun we're talking about here, but that Congressional Republicans actively blocked laws that had a 90% approval rating just so they could keep their precious NRA ratings is really, really sick. Will they do right today? Have they done anything positive for Americans this session? 11,126 Americans are dead since Newtown. The GOP apparently doesn't care.

    December 3, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    This should be a no-brainer.

    Curious though... wouldn't the bullets used in these things set off the detectors?

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    Ceramic bullets could pass undected. Granted, they aren't the bullet of choice because they're really bad for the gun's barrel, but in a situation where someone wants to go undetected prior to doing harm, they'll do just fine.

    December 3, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. wendel

    the house has time for this but not immigration. I guess guns are way more important than people.

    December 3, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Thomas

    I cant wait for 3-D printed Undetectable assault riffle with 30 round clip .

    Great for hunting Deer and Black Friday 40" flat screen defensive shopping .

    December 3, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    If the one sentence republican bill attacks women's reproductive rights, it will pass in the house.

    December 3, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    The NRA will be scoring this, so the republicans will cower in the corner.

    December 3, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm sure that the NRA will soon be launching another round of fundraising, based upon the part of the 2nd Amendment that they insiist explicitly says they can have a weapon that cannot be picked up by a metal detector. Seriously, this should not even be controversial, but since the NRA has forced common sense from any gun regulation discussion and their minions in Congress are too afraid to do the right thing, I'm sure this will be allowed to die, and LaPierre, Nugent and the rest of the gun huggers will be popping open another bottle of champagne to celebrate. Now, how long will it be before someone uses one of these undetectable weapons to carry out another mass shooting? Odds, anyone?

    December 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. just saying

    yes, i'm sure the terrorists will fully comply with the law. yes, renew it but recognize the law is meaningless to those other than law abiding citizens. they will need to learn how to deal with these, with or without metal.

    December 3, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. ProudDem

    I don't actually think the NRA will do much here. Plastic guns are competition to their big gun manufacturer overlords.

    December 3, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Tampa Tim

    just- Republicans, domestic terrorists, and foreign terrorists seldom comply with the law.

    December 3, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Haven't heard much from Crappy Pants Nugent on this, but I'll bet he won't change his pampers if this is passed.

    December 3, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    yes, i'm sure the terrorists will fully comply with the law. yes, renew it but recognize the law is meaningless to those other than law abiding citizens. they will need to learn how to deal with these, with or without metal.
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    You mean the RNC has told their members to run out and buy them?

    December 3, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    yes, i'm sure the terrorists will fully comply with the law. yes, renew it but recognize the law is meaningless to those other than law abiding citizens. they will need to learn how to deal with these, with or without metal.
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    Give it up, already, with that over used "law abiding citizens" talking point, would ya.? I'll have you know that every gun in the hands of criminal started life on the street when it was purchased by one of your "law abiding citizens". If the "law abiding citizens" cannot figure out how to deal with the dishonest "law abiding citizens", then someone will do it for them. Because too many "law abiding citizens" are being shot and killed because some "law abiding citizens" are too gun crazy to want to do anything about it. "Not my problem."

    December 3, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. smith

    @Marie-"Ceramic bullets", are you serious? Did you get that from a Bond movie or something? That is beyond dumb. I have never seen a ceramic bullet for sale at any store or from an ammunition supplier.

    December 3, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    smith

    @Marie-"Ceramic bullets", are you serious? Did you get that from a Bond movie or something? That is beyond dumb. I have never seen a ceramic bullet for sale at any store or from an ammunition supplier.

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    You must not get out much.

    December 3, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    @Marie-"Ceramic bullets", are you serious? Did you get that from a Bond movie or something? That is beyond dumb. I have never seen a ceramic bullet for sale at any store or from an ammunition supplier.
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    try googling it. I found hundreds of sites dealing with ceramic bullets, including sites marketing them after about a second. Your assumption is beyond dumb.

    December 3, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    @Name

    "Surely this is one piece of gun control that we can all agree on. There can't be a reasonable argument for being able to hide a gun from a metal detector."

    Hahahahahaa.... a good one, Name. Reasonable arguments from these clowns!? Hahahahaha.... you kill me.
    It is their Gawd given right to have guns, any guns; invisible bazookas, tanks,stealth bombers, nukes... and they get to carry them wherever they want whenever they want because the Second Amendment says so and if the Founding Fathers would have wanted regulation they would have included that in the 2nd Amendment language (they did, but RWNJ's ignore it or have never read it and just go by what rush told them).

    And, don"t call me Shirley.

    December 3, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. smith

    There some big ame loads that have ceramic components. However there is no bullet that is all ceramic, it is a concept. Try doing some research instead of just googling a word.

    December 3, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Smith 2

    I think they should let it expire.. The presence of this law will not prevent someone from carrying a non-detectable gun into a secure facility. There has never really been a threat of non-detectable guns before now, but now that there is they will have to provide a way to find them with or without this law. The law will only be a feel good excuse not to do more at dealing with a problem they don't know how to fix.

    December 3, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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