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Congressional members duck vote on plastic guns

Congress showed itself to be craven even as members banned deadly plastic guns.

With the advent of three-dimensional printers, plastic guns can be readily made. Miscreants seeking to do violence can sneak them through metal detectors. There is no doubt that the House and Senate correctly extended the Undetectable Firearms Act for another decade.

But try to find out if members are so in the thrall of gun-rights advocates that they opposed the measure, or abstained. It’s impossible. The House and Senate approved the measure by voice vote.

Voice votes are appropriate for wholly noncontroversial measures. This was not one of those. If it had been without controversy, Congress would have approved it months ago, not moments before the deadline for approval.

Members who depend on support from Second Amendment absolutists simply didn’t want to take grief for their stand on the plastic gun bill, whatever it might have been. Extending the plastic gun ban was hardly a profile in courage.