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The Undetectable Firearms Act, 18 USC §922(p), which requires all firearms to be at least as recognizable by a metal detector as 3.7 ounces of specially shaped 17-4 PH stainless steel, was extended for 10 years without incident:


AN ACT To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EXTENSION OF UNDETECTABLE FIREARMS ACT OF 1988 FOR 10 YEARS. Section 2(f)(2) of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 (18 U.S.C. 922 note) is amended by striking ``25'' and inserting ``35''.

Perpetually crafty N.Y senator Chuck Schumer waited until the last moment to introduce an amendment to require unremovable metal parts for all firearms, on this "must pass" gun bill.

That could have outlawed any gun that had wood parts, or any removable parts that were not made of metal, depending on who interpreted the statute. Oddly enough, a copy of his amendment has not been retrievable before press time.

Previous amendments, by both House and Senate, had proposed adding undetectable ammo magazines to this statute, but both of those had been removed before passage. I had brought this potentially disastrous situation to public attention, saying a single change to the number "25" was all that was needed, months before the media jumped on it in the final hours.

Before voting for the bill, democrat Sheila Jackson Lee said, "I support this legislation because it will help reduce gun violence and keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of terrorists." Right. Democrat Steve Israel, commenting before voting, said, "I am not going to oppose this first step because we can't get all of our steps. We will step forward and continue to support the modernization of the Undetectable Firearms Act. This for now is a very good step," and he expressed support for Schumer's unremovable metal parts plan. Legislators are, of course, removable.

Several others expressed support for other rights limiting laws, including one, HR1565, called the "Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act." Following standard democrat's procedure, it has nothing to do with rights protection. The "news" media uniformly fails to include bill numbers, making it difficult for the average person to look up the actual bills. Must be because of how much space bill numbers take up.


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