WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Undetectable Firearms Act, which renews the federal ban on plastic guns for ten years:
Undetectable plastic guns aren’t science fiction anymore—3-D printers can make them today, allowing would-be criminals to evade even our most basic gun laws. Republicans and Democrats agree that plastic guns are a dangerous threat, designed to avoid detection and be smuggled into secure areas like airports, sports arenas, museums, and other public buildings. Many of us wish we were passing legislation to extend and strengthen the Undetectable Firearms Act to allow the restrictions on these dangerous weapons to keep pace with the speed of new technology. But at the very least, we need to maintain the protections that we’ve had on the books since 1988. While we are pleased that the Senate reached bipartisan agreement to extend the current law, we will continue to work to improve this law to address future threats to public safety.