The House on Tuesday quickly approved legislation that would extend a ban the manufacture, sale or other trafficking in non-metal firearms that can evade metal detection.
By a voice vote, members passed the bill to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act for another 10 years.
The original law was passed in 1988, and has been renewed twice since then. Without reauthorization by Congress, the law will expire next week, on Dec. 9.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), said the law has had “overwhelming bipartisan support” in the past. However, he was the only Republican to speak on the bill, and the voice-vote approval prevented a detailed examination of how many Republicans opposed the bill.
Democrats supported the extension as well, but argued that Congress should be looking to update the law to take into account new technology that allows plastic weapons and weapon parts to be produced on 3D printers. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said the law needs to be amended to ensure all critical gun parts contain at least some metal, so they can be detected.