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Ban On "Untraceable Guns" Set To Expire

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WMDT 47 NEWS - A federal law banning undetectable guns is set to expire next month and lawmakers say it could pose problems for federal agents.

The ban, which has been in place since 1988 is set to expire on December 9th. It outlaws firearms that don't contain any metals and thereby are undetectable by scanners and metal detectors. Now, there's technology out there that can create such weapons: 3D industrial printers.

"In this instance people are actually developing one off prototypes of pistols and they are creating a device that can actually fire a round," said Travis Fisher, executive director of Inacom.

As it stands now, there is a loophole in the law. According to the Associated Press, someone can simply attach a removable piece of metal to an otherwise non-metal gun, allowing them to make an illegal gun legal.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) called for a ban on plastic guns. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) also introduced legislation.

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