WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – The U.S. Senate renewed an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines.
Monday’s vote to extend the prohibition on plastic guns for another decade responds to a growing threat from steadily improving 3-D printers that can produce such weapons.
The bill’s passage was a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Republicans were successful in blocking an effort to toughen the restrictions – a harsh reminder of gun control advocates’ failure to enact any new federal gun curbs in the year since 20 first-graders and six educators were murdered in Newtown, Conn.
The slayings last Dec. 14 prompted the newly re-elected President Barack Obama to push gun control to the top of his domestic agenda. But Congress approved nothing, and gun control advocates face the same uphill struggle in 2014, complicated by internal divisions over what their next step should be.