The U.S. Senate voted Monday to renew a ban against firearms that can pass undetected through metal detectors, but rejected calls to update the law in response to the advent of plastic guns made with 3-D printers.
That will come soon. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called for an update of the law, saying, “This isn’t science fiction anymore. … Someone can make a gun in their basement.”
Oh, the horrors.
The original ban was first signed into law in 1988 by Republican President Ronald Reagan shortly after the introduction of the Austrian-made Glock firearm. Made largely of synthetic material, the Glock created a fear of undetectable weapons among the control freaks and statists in the cesspool that is called Washington, D.C. That fear increased with the proliferation of the underground production of plastic guns with 3-D printers.
The liberal advocacy group Center for American Progress said the measure passed by Congress was “deeply flawed.”
“It does nothing to address new technologies like 3-D printing that could allow terrorists and other dangerous people to easily make fully functional, undetectable guns,” said Winnie Stachelberg, an executive vice president at the center.
Of course, bans against using 3-D technologies would no more prevent “terrorists and other dangerous people to easily make fully functional, undetectable guns” than bans against creating and using explosives prevent dangerous people from making and using them, or than laws against using guns in the commission of crime deters criminals.
In truth, all the ban will do is prevent law-abiding citizens from having the option of purchasing low-cost weapons. Once perfected, 3-D technology would serve to drive down the cost of all guns, making them more affordable and allowing more people to have the ability to protect themselves.
Of course, that’s exactly what the gun grabbers don’t want.