Senate approves gun screening bill, sends to Obama
December 9th, 2013
06:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate approves gun screening bill, sends to Obama

(CNN) - The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to renew a 10-year ban on guns that cannot be picked up by metal detectors commonly found in airports, court houses and government buildings.

The law, which prohibits firearms made mostly of plastic, was set to expire at day's end.

It had drawn renewed attention recently due to its pending expiration and the advent of mainly non-metalic handguns produced by 3-D printers.

The House acted last week, and now the measure goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

A White House official said the President is expected to sign the legislation.

But the Obama administration and congressional Democrats had been pushing for an extension to also deal with potential loopholes for 3-D-printer guns, which the congressional legislation does not do.

Currently, plastic guns made using 3-D printers comply with the law by inserting a removable metal block. That has led to worries plastic guns could pass through metal detectors without being flagged by simply removing the block.

Prior to Senate renewal of the legislation, the chamber rejected a proposal by New York Democrat Charles Schumer that would have required any plastic gun to include a substantial metal part that can't be easily removed.

CNN's Evan Perez contributed to this report.

Filed under: Gun control • Senate
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    They fear those, themselves. That's the only reason they passed anything.

    December 9, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. smith

    This was a no brainer right from the start. There were who thought the house and nra would fight it, but they did not. It really shows the paranoia and fear of the anti-gun community.

    December 9, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Joey

    Wow. So common sense prevailed.

    December 9, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. aaron

    We can deduce from the easy passage that the gun manufacturers currently have no interest in making plastic guns, else the NRA would have flooded Congress with contributions/bribes and made passage of the ban renewal impossible. Throw in some jargon about airport safety, and the members of Congress come out looking like the good guys for a change, though they'd obviously rather have had the money.

    December 9, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Sean


    guns can be made out of wood and plastic... they're good for one, sometimes 2 shots max

    they look exactly the same as metal guns in Xray machines

    only difference being that they contain no metal

    to make a reliable gun that won't hurt the user requires metal. we simply don't have anything in existence strong enough to handle the explosion of a cartridge, even the little .22LR

    December 9, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. annieL

    What was the vote, CNN? I want to know how many Republicans voted to protect my right to carry a gun on an airplane, into a school and a courtroom.

    December 9, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Tychi

    wow, how did this happen? The NRA out to lunch?

    December 9, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. pbernasc

    funny .. when the guns can be passed the meal detector at Capitol Hill, suddenly GOP and Dem collaborate

    December 9, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. John832

    Its already illegal to take a gun through airport security. Anything you would want to do past security that requires a gun is also illegal. Why would anyone that will violate the previous two laws not also violate the ban on plastic guns? Are nefarious people known to be picky about only using legal weapons?

    December 9, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. conoclast

    A senate bill that bans guns?? Where are the NRA gun-ghouls on this one-were they caught napping while this blatant threat to the Holy Second Amendment goes unchallenged?

    December 9, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. glk20c

    Thank GOD! I mean, everyone would be committing crimes with these deadly plastic guns if, if it weren't for the dummies in DC saving us from, you know, terrorists with plastic guns. I mean, despite no one have ever been killed or even threatened by a plastic gun. Preemptive geniuses all, Congress!

    December 9, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. elliott

    Serious Question: What good is this law going to do? If someone is committed to making a plastic gun with a 3D printer and actually using it at an airport or a court house; they are already planning on breaking existing laws. They are already going to be charged with various forms of murder charges and use of a firearm to commit a felony. Adding another charge isn't going to add much in terms of sentencing. and if they are already planing to commit this crimes, this law isnt going to stop them.

    December 9, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Joe

    Unless it involves interstate commerce, does the federal gov't even have jurisdiction? And, of course this applies to many other topics, just not this one.

    December 9, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. mantan


    Why are they passing stupid laws that they can not enforce? Only someone with a mental defect believe that these silly laws are going to stop criminals from committing crime...

    December 9, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. beernpizzalover

    A typical Obama move would be to sign this.

    December 9, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Lou45

    Why are they not fixing the post office issue? you have to have more money to make one of these than buy a real gun in a back alley in Baltimore that shoots six or more shots.

    December 9, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. Dakar

    Do idiots run our country? If some gang buys a 3-D printer, what stops them from making all-plastic guns in violation of the law? Breaking laws is not exactly new ground for them ...

    December 9, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. gelbstoff

    This bill passed only because the gun industry in the USA does not sell plastic guns.

    December 9, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. DigitusImpudicus

    I wonder what the percentage of plastic used is.

    December 9, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. dajowi

    Americans are threatened more by our government than any plastic gun in the hands of criminals.

    December 9, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Ixion

    Oh well, I guess the 2end Amendment dose not cover plastic guns. Darn it! I should be able to pack plastic instead of metal if I want!

    In other news, cars made of plastic are now being banned because they can not be detected by Wendy's drive through, thus causing murderous back log of cars in the drive thru.

    December 9, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Jim

    There goes the 2nd Amendment, again.

    December 9, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. rep

    Wow. I can't believe a bill–ANY bill–managed to pass both houses of Congress.

    December 9, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Mike

    I approve of banning plastic guns for so many reasons. The plastic gun ban forces me ask the question: What's the difference between a plastic gun and an assault rifle made of metal? Could it be because a plastic gun is a great weapon for assassinating government officials and hijacking planes?

    December 9, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. SENSE

    Prior to Senate renewal of the legislation, the chamber rejected a proposal by New York Democrat Charles Schumer that would have required any plastic gun to include a substantial metal part that can't be easily removed.

    December 9, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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