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House passes plastic gun ban


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Updated: 12/03/2013 3:13 pm Published: 12/03/2013 3:11 pm


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House has passed a new 10-year ban on firearms that that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

The bill cleared the chamber by voice vote, receiving broad bipartisan support. It was a first for gun legislation since last year's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Senate could vote on the bill when it returns from Thanksgiving recess next Monday. The law is due to expire the following day. With 3-D printers increasingly able to produced plastic weapons, 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.


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