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November 22, 2013 - 7:45 am

Pro-gun-control Democrats in the Senate are angry with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for blocking reauthorization of a law that would ban 3-D printable guns that lack metal parts.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) tried to bring up the Undetectable Firearms Act on Thursday evening. The law, which passed in 1988, bans guns that can’t be spotted by metal detectors.

The last reauthorization, in 2003, passed both chambers of Congress unanimously. It sunsets on Dec. 9.

Schumer and Blumenthal argued that reauthorization is needed quickly because of the rapid development of technology in which a 3-D printer can be used to piece together a plastic gun.

“Nothing about this simple and commonsense legislation requires even a moment’s delay or debate,” Blumenthal said this morning.

“Hidden, undetectable firearms serve no purpose other than to make it easier for criminals to take lives. That is why both houses of Congress unanimously approved reauthorization of the law in 2003,” he said. “Delaying these protections simply puts innocent American lives at risk. We need to stop playing politics with public safety and extend these protections immediately.”

Schumer and Blumenthal’s partners on pushing for the extension have been Sens. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

“We are looking at a world in which anyone with a little bit of cash can bring an undetectable gun that can fire multiple bullets anywhere — including planes, government buildings, sporting events and schools,” Schumer said last week. “3-D printers are a miraculous technology that have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing, but we need to make sure they are not being used to make deadly, undetectable weapons.”

While acknowledging that the bill would likely eventually pass, Sessions told Schumer “this is not a good day” for the legislation.

The Dem sponsors tried to bring up the reauthorization after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dropped the nuclear option.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The GOP and the democrats will do anything to make us forget Obamacare. The nuclear option was a one day thing and now with have a bill that bans stuff that doesn't exists (or an attempt).
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“Hidden, undetectable firearms serve no purpose other than to make it easier for criminals to take lives. That is why both houses of Congress unanimously approved reauthorization of the law in 2003 - Blumenthal”

No, the reason both houses of Congress reauthorized it is because it was a meaningless bill, one which allowed easy political posturing. In 2003, the bill meant as much as a bill forbidding cutting the horns off unicorns in order to make invisibility potions. Since unicorns don't really exist, who is going to object to a bill sold as a means of keeping invisibility potions out of the hands of criminals?

Now, if somebody came up with a means of easily and cheaply turning rats into unicorns.... the privacy value of invisibility potions in an increasingly intrusive surveillance state may become realized.

And naturally, you'll have the apparatchiks of the surveillance state arguing for "simple and commonsense legislation" outlawing the conversion of rats into unicorns... (Admittedly, it may be as much about solidarity with their fellow rats as anything else...)
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The legislation was always silly feelgood nonsense. Schumer's perennial dishonesty in firearms law made manifest.
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"Nothing about this simple and commonsense legislation requires even a moment’s delay or debate,” Blumenthal said this morning."

When a Congressman says this, you know the fix is in and the legislation should be put under a microscope.
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