Coble gun bill passes

December 5, 2013

By voice vote the U.S. House of Representatives on tuesday passed a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) that extends current law banning undetectable guns.

Rep. Coble, a senior member of the House Judiciary committee, along with Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), authored a 10-year extension of the law banning any gun that cannot be identified by metal detectors or airport imaging technology.

“This ban on undetectable weapons has been in effect since 1988,” Coble stated, “and from all indications, the law is working well. This law has a sunset clause and has been reauthorized two previous times. If we do not extend this law again, the ban will expire on Dec. 9, 2013. I hope the Senate will expedite this bill when it returns to work next week.”

In 1988, Congress passed the original law that makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm that is not as detectable by walk-through metal detection, or any firearm with major components that do not generate an accurate image before standard airport imaging technology.

“The fact that today’s reauthorization passed by voice vote,” Coble added, “proves that there is overwhelming bipartisan support for this law. While we have heard that some want to amend the bill when it arrives in the Senate, I urge our colleagues on the other side of Capitol Hill to quickly enact a clean 10-year reauthorization so that this ban on undetectable weapons will not expire.”