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Congress renewed law banning plastic guns

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Congress renewed a law that bans plastic guns today.

The 25-year-old law bans the production of undetectable guns, in an age when new technology could open the door to at-home production of plastic weapons.

The new law prohibits the manufacturing of plastic weapons, which can't be detected when going through security at airports and other metal detectors. There has been growing concern over the emergence of 3D printing, which can now create some operable plastic guns and other weapons.

The NRA has not opposed renewal, but it did block efforts to expand the types of plastic guns that would be illegal.

Larry Pratt, the group's executive director, told the New York Times, " It's just not something that we're going to be dealing with anytime soon."

Sen. Chuck Schumer, however, has said the technology of 3D printing has advanced to the point anyone with $1,000 and an Internet connection can access the plastic parts that can be fitted into a gun. Those firearms can't be detected by metal detectors or X-ray machines.

The senator says that means anyone can download a gun cheaply, then take the weapons anywhere, including high-security areas.

More than 100,000 copies of plans for the world's first 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, were downloaded in May before the State Department told the Texas-based nonprofit behind the firearm to stop sharing the file.

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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