Florida Senator Bill Nelson announced Monday that he’s filed legislation with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that would close a loophole that makes it easier to get plastic firearms, such as those with components produced through a 3D printer, through security screenings.
In 2013, Congress pushed legislation requiring firearm to have metal components, making them easier to detect through metal detectors during security screenings, the measure did not state that the metal components could not be detachable, meaning that potential attackers could remove any components before moving into a secure area.
Nelson’s legislation would make it illegal to manufacture a weapon without a central metal component.
“Thanks to advances in technology, anyone with a 3-D printer can simply print a fully-functioning firearm that can be snuck through a metal detector without being noticed,” Nelson said. “These guns pose a real threat to our safety and we need to be doing everything we can to keep them off the streets and out of the hands of those who wish to do harm.”
This is the third time Nelson and Schumer have tried to advance this kind of language. First with the original initiative in 2013 and once again in 2015.
Both lawmakers cite an August incident where TSA Agents at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport found and confiscated a plastic gun from a passenger’s carry-on bag during screening. The gun, assembled using a 3-D printer, was found loaded with five live .22 caliber bullets.