Rep. Israel Calls for Renewing Plastic Gun Ban


A Long Island congressman is urging the renewal of a federal ban on plastic guns that are just as deadly but don’t set off metal detectors.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) cited the new possibility of building plastic guns at home using 3-D printers, potentially putting the public at risk. Although printing all of the parts to make a gun at home isn’t currently feasible, he said the technology is advancing to the point that homemade plastic guns could soon become a reality.

“We should act now to give law enforcement authorities the power to stop the development of these weapons before they are as easy to come by as a Google search,” he said.


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Plastic guns are illegal under the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, which is set to expire in the New Year.

Israel is announcing the legislation to renew the ban at a Friday news conference at the security scanners at Long Island McArthur Airport.

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