House Votes To Extend Undetectable Firearms Act Of 1988

The House of Representatives passed HR 3626 – an extension of 10 years to the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 – on a voice vote.

From the Office of the Clerk’s Floor Proceedings:

Fox News reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants to go further than just the renewal.

Some Democrats, though, want to go further and require the metal components to be a permanent part of the gun. Right now, the metal parts on such weapons can snap on and snap off.

While the House plans to vote on the basic renewal Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he will seek fast approval of a measure renewing the ban and tightening the restrictions when the Democratic-run Senate returns from a two-week Thanksgiving break next Monday, the day before the ban expires. His office says the current bill leaves in place a “dangerous loophole.”

Neither the NRA which was neutral on renewal nor the NSSF which was in favor of renewal support any of the additional measures.

A clean renewal was the best we could hope for given all the hysteria on the issue from the gun prohibitionists and their allies in the media. Of course, the horse has left the barn and the plans to make such a plastic firearm are now in cyberspace.

UPDATE: Below is the NRA-ILA’s comment on the bill and their opposition to any expansion of the UFA by the Senate.

With the expiration of the so-called Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) rapidly approaching on December 9th, misinformation over this issue and NRA’s position on it has unfortunately reached a heightened level.

We would like to make our position clear. The NRA strongly opposes ANY expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act, including applying the UFA to magazines, gun parts, or the development of new technologies. The NRA has been working for months to thwart expansion of the UFA by Senator Chuck Schumer and others. We will continue to aggressively fight any expansion of the UFA or any other proposal that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

Unlike the Schumer proposal, the vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 3626, sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble, is a simple 10-year reauthorization — NOT an expansion — of current law. Other than extending the sunset date, H.R. 3626 makes no changes whatsoever to the underlying act.

Some groups have been circulating misinformation in order to create confusion over today’s House vote. To be clear, Rep. Coble’s bill DOES NOT expand current law in any way, as Sen. Schumer’s proposal would do.

Again, the NRA strongly opposes any expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act. By simply reauthorizing current law, however, H.R. 3626 does not expand the UFA in any way.