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Schumer Pushes to Keep Undetectable Firearms Off Streets


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped in Syracuse yesterday to make his push to keep a federal provision that bans undetectable ghost guns; the provision is set to expire less than one month from today. The provision his office says, works to keep fully plastic undetectable firearms off streets.

Part of Senator Schumer’s push is launching his initiative to reauthorize the bipartisan Undetectable Firearms Act; the act will ensure undetectable, fully-plastic guns remain illegal and stops an influx of weapons on the streets.

“Fully-plastic, undetectable guns —which slip through metal detectors with no one the wiser — should be illegal. But, for the first time in a decade, the bipartisan Undetectable Firearms Act that helps keep these undetectable ghost guns out of the market could expire in just a few weeks. This is sounding the alarm and making everyone from law enforcement, the first line of defense in protecting communities from these weapons, to sports stadiums that house hundreds of thousands nervous.” Senator Schumer said.

He continued on noting if the legislation lapses, there is the possibility of a surge of the “ghost guns” and citing an increased security risk at major event venues including: concerts, and sporting events.

“This is a scary new reality to imagine – We already saw that TSA—with metal detectors—found nearly 7,000 firearms at airports last year – an all-time high,” said Senator Schumer. “That is why I am launching my push to extend this commonsense, bipartisan measure to keep these undetectable, dangerous undetectable firearms illegal.”

Since 1988, the Undetectable Firearms Act has prohibited any type of gun that does not set off metal detectors or x-ray scanners. The law also applied to guns made by a 3-D printer by having the mandate require nearly 4 ounces of metal in every gun produced. The legislation is set to officially expire on March 8th, after 35 years, making possession of an undetectable firearm no longer a federal crime.

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