Tuesday, December 3, 2013

House Votes To Extend Undetectable Firearms Act Of 1988

The House of Representatives passed HR 3626 - an extension of 10 years to the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 - on a voice vote.

From the Office of the Clerk's Floor Proceedings:
Fox News reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) wants to go further than just the renewal.
Some Democrats, though, want to go further and require the metal components to be a permanent part of the gun. Right now, the metal parts on such weapons can snap on and snap off.

While the House plans to vote on the basic renewal Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he will seek fast approval of a measure renewing the ban and tightening the restrictions when the Democratic-run Senate returns from a two-week Thanksgiving break next Monday, the day before the ban expires. His office says the current bill leaves in place a "dangerous loophole."
Neither the NRA which was neutral on renewal nor the NSSF which was in favor of renewal support any of the additional measures.

A clean renewal was the best we could hope for given all the hysteria on the issue from the gun prohibitionists and their allies in the media. Of course, the horse has left the barn and the plans to make such a plastic firearm are now in cyberspace.

UPDATE: Below is the NRA-ILA's comment on the bill and their opposition to any expansion of the UFA by the Senate.
With the expiration of the so-called Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) rapidly approaching on December 9th, misinformation over this issue and NRA’s position on it has unfortunately reached a heightened level.

We would like to make our position clear. The NRA strongly opposes ANY expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act, including applying the UFA to magazines, gun parts, or the development of new technologies. The NRA has been working for months to thwart expansion of the UFA by Senator Chuck Schumer and others. We will continue to aggressively fight any expansion of the UFA or any other proposal that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

Unlike the Schumer proposal, the vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 3626, sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble, is a simple 10-year reauthorization -- NOT an expansion -- of current law. Other than extending the sunset date, H.R. 3626 makes no changes whatsoever to the underlying act.

Some groups have been circulating misinformation in order to create confusion over today’s House vote. To be clear, Rep. Coble’s bill DOES NOT expand current law in any way, as Sen. Schumer’s proposal would do.

Again, the NRA strongly opposes any expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act. By simply reauthorizing current law, however, H.R. 3626 does not expand the UFA in any way.


  1. The following quote in a story on the invisible gun ban: 'The House has done nothing in the nearly one year since the Newtown tragedy, I'm very disappointed in that," Jon Andrews D-NY said, adding that if House Democrats were to win a majority in the 2014 midterm elections, they would revisit the gun debate. "There will be sensible legislation on many fronts," he said.

    Need we remind folks on the danger of voting democrat OR third party?

  2. Why vote Republican? We voted for a Republican House but only one of them showed up. 10 Representative passed this bill by a voice vote. Most of the debate was Democrats talking.

    If you want to see the vote go to this link:


    The debate starts around 1:12 and ENDS at 1:22 with the vote.

    1. It's a GOP setup of the Dems. What they did might actually kill the law, without the GOP even having to take the heat on it. Read my post below and take a look at the calendar.

      The NRA is being cagey on this. That generally means something is up.

      And FWIW, there is no secret here. Reid/Schumer know the deal better than any of us. The question is whether they think it more valuable to have the law, or a talking point for 2014.

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  6. Looks like John is getting blog spammed above.

    As for the law and this vote, the simple truth is this now goes to the Senate where they will want to play games. If it is changed, then it has to come back to the House where it will die. I don't think they even have time for a House/Senate conference on it - the UFA expires on 31 December and more importantly the House has scheduled its last day on 12 December.

    That means Schumer has six days to amend the law, get it through the Senate, back to the House and then voted on again. Not gonna happen.

    Schumer and the Senate Dems have two choices: leave it alone; or (take the bait) and amend it. If they amend it, then they kill the law and its gone without the GOP having lifted a finger. If they extend...oh well. It doesn't do anything, anyway.

    This is a setup for the Dems to kill a dumb law on their own, by way of their tendancy to lose sense over anything gun related. If they fall prey to their carnal desires to eff us - again - then they kill the law. They know this at some level. I wonder if they can hold out, even so.