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Congressman Steve Israel

Representing the 3rd District of NEW YORK

Plastic Guns

Banning Plastic Gun Components

Rep. Israel is calling for a revamp of the Undetectable Firearms Act. Currently the law has a loophole that allows for fully plastic guns with easily removable metal pieces. In less than a second these guns can be transformed from fully legal guns that can be detected by metal detectors and xray machines, to illegal guns that can be totally undetectable.

Rep. Israel introduced H.R. 3463, the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, on December 3, 2013. The bill would make it illegal to manufacture, own, transport, buy, or sell any firearm that does not have at least one major component that is fully detectable by metal detector and/or does not present an accurate image when put through an x-ray machine. The bill defines major component as the reciever, barrel, and slide or cylinder of a firearm. The reauthorization would also extend the life of the law for another 10 years from the date of enactment.

Recent News

Motherboard: The ATF Has Yet to Be Convinced That 3D-Printed Guns Compare to the Real Thing

Philippines News Agency: 3-D Printer guns get US approval

Washington Times: In Congress, some not giving up on banning high-capacity magazines

San Francisco Chronicle: Digital frontier mentality extends to guns

Live Mint: Guns on Demand: 3D printers to churn out firearms

Huffington Post: Defense Distributed’s ‘Feinstein AK Magazine’ Named After Gun Control Advocate Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Motherboard: Why Won’t Congress Talk About 3D-Printed Guns?

IVN: 3D Printing Guns: The New Dimension for Gun Control

VICE: What does Obama know about 3-D printed guns?

 Washington Post: Parts made by 3-D Printers may stymie gun-control efforts

The Economist: Making Guns at Home: Ready, Print, Fire

Fox News: Print and Fire: 3D Gun printing could muzzle new gun laws

National Journal: Yes, Obama did mention '3-D Printing' at the State of the Union

National Journal: Welcome to the Future: Congress Takes on 3-D Printing

Auburn Citizen: Gun Control Legislation Must Address Newly Emerging Loopholes

Wired: New 3-D Printed Rifle Magazine Lets You Fire Hundreds of Rounds

Wall Street Journal: Gun Advocate Inserts 3-D Printing into the Debate

New York Times: Modern Gunmaking Surprising Tools - Plastic and a 3-D Printer

Queens Times Ledger: Rep. Israel puts pressure on 3-D gun printing

Salon: Will Computers Kill Gun Control?

Forbes: Meet Steve Israel, the Congressman Who wants to Ban 3-D Printable Guns (Q&A)

Long Island.Com: Rep. Israel Wants Enhanced Ban on 3-D Printable High-Capacity Magazines

Great Neck Patch: Printable Guns Targeted in Nassau

Forbes: Congressman Says He'll Propose Ban on 3-D Printable Gun Magazines

Washington Post: 3-D printers could bring manufacturing to your home office

More on Plastic Guns

Jun 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC–Congressman Steve Israel (NY-03) released the following statement demanding that Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans not recess until a vote is held to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms.

“Americans are fed-up with this Republican-led Congress for doing nothing to end gun violence. If Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow Congress to leave Washington this week without voting on a bill that an overwhelming number of Americans support, it would be unconscionable.”

Jan 5, 2016 Press Release

Washington —Today, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced that he will not seek reelection this November. He released the following statement:

“Nearly 16 years ago, I was honored to take the oath of office and stand on the House Floor for the first time. Now, I’ve decided to leave the House in 2017. I hope to continue to be involved in public service, but it is time for me to pursue new passions and develop new interests, mainly spend more time writing my second novel.

Oct 16, 2015 Press Release

Great Neck, NY—Congressman Steve Israel (NY-03), former Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Great Neck Pubic Schools Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast, and Everytown for Gun Safety called on the Republican-controlled Congress to pass legislation to close loopholes and expand background checks.

Jun 9, 2015 Press Release

New York – After recent news reports that 95% of mock explosives and banned weapons passed through TSA security checkpoints during an internal review, Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington) introduced legislation to require that certain major components of plastic firearms are made of non-removable detectable metal or steel.

Mar 16, 2015 Press Release

Woodbury, NY – After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) caved to the gun lobby and delayed a proposal to ban “green tip” ammunition, Congressman Steve Israel (NY-03) called on ATF to reevaluate the decision and immediately ban 5.56 mm M855 green tip ammunition, commonly referred to as “armor-piercing” or “cop-killer” bullets. Additionally, Rep. Israel announced the Modernize Law Enforcement Protection Act that would extend the definition of armor-piercing ammunition to include all bullets that can pierce body armor and be used in  handguns. Later this week, Rep.

Mar 11, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Congressman Steve Israel (NY-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced they were delaying a proposed ban on 5.56 mm M855 "green tip" ammunition, commonly referred to as “armor-piercing” bullets, due to increased pressure from gun rights advocates. 

Dec 3, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) introduced the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, which would require that certain major components of plastic firearms are made of non-removable detectable metal or steel. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) is an original cosponsor of the bill. Rep. Israel was also the lead cosponsor of a straight 10-year reauthorization of the current Undetectable Firearms Act, which was passed unanimously on the floor of the House.