Via The New York Times:
Homemade plastic guns are a reality, made possible by the proliferation of 3-D printing technology that was only getting started when the law was first passed by Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
The expiring law bans guns that can pass unnoticed through a metal detector, and has been renewed twice in the 25 years since it was first enacted. But with the expiration date a little more than a week away, reauthorizing it has been caught up in a political standoff that has thwarted other recent attempts to enact gun safety legislation.
Here’s the telling bit:
The National Rifle Association, whose position will carry significant weight with many in Congress, has not publicly signaled where it stands. A spokesman for the N.R.A. did not respond to several requests for comment.
The NRA is kind of trapped. On the one hand, their corporate masters would very much like for homemade plastic guns to be made illegal. There is almost no money to be made there and their existence cuts into the profits of the gun industry.
On the other hand, there is no way to square that stance with the NRA’s phony public stance in “defense” of the Second Amendment. They have explicitly stated, over and over, that people need their guns to defend against the evil government and should be allowed to openly carry everywhere at all times. How do you do a 180 and insist that plastic guns are a danger to the public?
That is precisely what the PR boys at the NRA are trying to figure out right now.