You may have heard that the House voted to extend the plastic gun ban.
Information on the bill from that article:
The 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act was enacted under President Reagan and reauthorized under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. It is scheduled to sunset Dec. 9, the same day the Senate returns from a two-week Thanksgiving break. If the law expires, Congress can fix it retroactively.
The law bans the manufacture, possession and sale of firearms that can’t be detected by metal detectors and requires handguns be manufactured in the shape of a gun so they can be screened on X-ray machines.
In my opinion, this law is going to become a more clear violation of the 2nd Amendment with the continued progress of 3-D printing. I’m not surprised it originated under Reagan, who signed into law the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act, which while easing some restrictions created more in other areas such as the ban of automatic weapons, and he supported the 1991 Brady Bill and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. I’m not trying to go on an anti-Reagan tirade, just trying to emphasize that GOP support for gun rights should not be taken for granted.
Naturally, after reading the news that the ban had been reauthorized, I went to look for a roll call vote. I didn’t find one. Thanks to a Facebook post from the great Congressman Thomas Massie I found out why.
The plastic gun ban (H.R. 3626 – To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years) just passed the US House of Representatives on a voice vote with about ten members on the floor. As far as I could tell, I was the only no vote.
Great, just great. I assume most of Congress was out eating or something. Certainly not their fault. But we can lay blame on the GOP establishment, namely Boehner, Cantor, and Co. for again selling out the 2nd amendment.