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House extends ban on undetectable firearms; fight heads to Senate

The House has passed an extension of a ban on firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors and X-ray machines.

The ban, which has been in place for 25 years, is scheduled to expire on December 9th if Congress fails to act. The bill passed by voice vote.

The House legislation – which extends the prohibition for 10 years -- would prevent such undetectable firearms from being manufactured, imported, sold, shipped, delivered, possessed, transferred, or received in the United States.

But some Senate Democrats say that the House-passed bill leaves open a loophole that could allow plastic guns with removable metal parts.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says he will try to add language to the bill to change that.

Schumer is scheduled to hold a press conference later Tuesday to discuss his proposal.