Sen. Menendez Expresses Dismay on GOP Failure to Keep Americans Safe from Lethal Plastic Guns

Sen. Menendez Expresses Dismay on GOP Failure to Keep Americans Safe from Lethal Plastic Guns

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded the successful reauthorization of the Undetectable Firearms Act, but expressed disappointment about the continued obstruction of common-sense updates to our nation's gun safety laws. Today's extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act continues the ban on guns that can evade discovery by metal detectors, but because of Republicans' refusal and objection, the Senate failed to pass a critically-needed update to close a loophole that allows plastic guns- such as those printed by a 3D printer- to avoid the ban.

"Today Senate Republicans turned a blind eye to the threat from ever-improving technology that can print out a plastic gun which avoids detection," said Sen. Menendez. "Once again, hard-line gun safety opponents stood in the way of common-sense measures to keep our families safe - refusing even to close a loophole that would prevent 3D printed guns from evading metal detectors and x-ray machines. Without this measure, it is more likely that a felon, terrorist, domestic abuser, or anyone else who should not own a firearm could use the new technology to print a lethal weapon and sneak it past a metal detector."

He added, "While I am pleased that my colleagues can agree to the extension of our current law, our rapidly-changing technology means that the status quo is not enough."

Senator Menendez was a cosponsor of the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, which would close a loophole that allows a small, removable piece of metal to be temporarily attached to a plastic gun and render it legal. Without this update, people could bring the weapon past security checkpoints by simply removing the metal part.

The original Undetectable Firearms Act passed in 1998 by 413 to 4 in the House and unanimous support in the Senate.

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