It wasn’t enough to want to ban 3D printers and internet blueprints on how to print plastic magazines and gun parts, Democrats in Congress are now moving to ban plastic guns altogether.
This comes after reports of the TSA’s complete incompetence in failing to detect weapons and fake bombs in 67 out of 70 tests. That’s a 95% failure rate to do their job.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) is backing the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, saying that plastic guns are more dangerous than regular guns because they are harder to detect. This Act would prohibit the production and manufacturing of entirely plastic guns.
This legislation would require every gun to contain enough traces of metal to be detected. Of course, TSA agents could not even detect regular guns with metal parts.
According to thehill.com, Rep. Israel is using the TSA’s failure to excuse his push for a ban on plastic guns.
“If detectable weapons can make it through security checkpoints, how can we expect to catch wrongdoers carrying undetectable plastic firearms?” Israel told The Hill. “What could be worse than a gun that can be used on an airplane, but cannot be detected on the security line because it’s plastic?”
“It’s time to modernize our airport security so the American people can count on it,” he added.
Of course he fails to note how those plastic guns would be of any use without metal bullets, unless shooting airsoft bbs would be deemed lethal. And a piece of plastic without the gun powder to propel the projectile is less dangerous than the headphones the stewardesses try to sell for a couple bucks.
What’s even scarier in all this is that those who wish to do us harm now know how easy it is to sneak weapons onto a plane. And they don’t care about plastic gun bans.
Current law prohibits plastic guns but manufacturers include a piece of metal around the firearm, which can easily be removed. This new legislation would require metal components of the gun which would render the gun useless if they were taken out.
“Plastic guns are real, they can be fired, they can kill someone, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them from going right through the airport security line because they are undetectable,” Rep Israel warned.
The legislation was previously introduced in 2013. Last time around, it was supported by Reps. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Mike Honda (D-Calif.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.).
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) are also working on similar legislation to prohibit plastic guns, which could be introduced in the coming months.
Some Republicans are also supporting the bill but not to the extent that Rep Israel wants to take it.