Gun Stories of the Week: Plans to Resurrect Failed Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act

TOP STORY
Ghost of failed Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act…detected

Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) says he will reintroduce his failed 2013 legislation banning 3-D printed guns and any other fully plastic firearm “in the next few months.”

Israel, who sponsored the Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act last year, told Wired magazine on April 6 that advances in accessible technology are fostering a new era of Do-It-Yourself firearms that must be addressed with updated laws and regulations.

The proposed Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act forbids the possession or manufacture of any gun that could slip through a standard metal detector unnoticed, including those that include a removable chunk of non-functional metal, which Israel calls “a loophole” in existing laws that don’t address plastic weapons.

“My legislation is about making sure that we have laws in place to ensure that criminals and terrorists can’t produce guns that can easily be made undetectable,” he told in a statement published by Wired magazine. “Security checkpoints will do little good if criminals can produce plastic firearms and bring those firearms through metal detectors into secure areas like airports or courthouses.”

Israel said discussion regarding completely plastic firearms was in the realm of science fiction just a few years ago. Now, he says, it is “a dangerous reality” that must be remedied.

Israel said his revamped bill won’t target 3-D printing specifically but is designed to address weapons like the Liberator, a one-shot 3-D printed pistol whose digital blueprints were released by the gun access group Defense Distributed in 2013.

The Liberator, as manufactured and demonstrated by Defense Distributed’s founder Cody Wilson, was technically detectable by a standard metal detector, because it included a chunk of steel in its body to comply with the current Undetectable Firearms Act.

Israel’s new bill will require that crucial functional components be made of detectable metal. In rifles and shotguns, the combination of the slide, barrel and receiver would have to be as detectable as a 3.7-ounce piece of steel. In handguns, the same would be required of the gun’s cylinder and barrel. All of that would make a working, fully 3-D printed gun essentially impossible to legally produce.

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DEATH OF SARAH BRADY
Without emotional figurehead, anti-gun group faces continued slide into obscurity

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence have been fading from relevancy for more than a decade now. How the death of Sarah Brady will influence the group’s slide into obscurity will be closely watched in coming year.

Brady, 73, died from pneumonia on April 3. She became an anti-gun campaigner following the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in which her husband, James Brady, Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by John Hinckley Jr. Brady spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, advocating against gun violence with his wife at his side. He died in August.

Sarah Brady’s primary anti-gun achievement was the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was the chairwoman of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence from 2000 until her recent death.

"Sarah courageously stepped up after Jim was shot to prevent others from enduring what our family has gone through, and her work has saved countless lives,” the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said in a statement.

The National Rifle Association said its thoughts and prayers were with the Brady family. “Although we disagreed on public policy, Sarah Brady was an honorable American who we always respected," it said in a statement.

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STATE ROUNDUP
Florida Carry files ethics complaints against 10 police chiefs who testified against bill

Florida Carry has filed formal ethics complaints against nearly a dozen public college and university police chiefs who testified in March and early April in uniform and on duty against gun bills being pondered by the Florida State Legislature.

Florida Carry is spearheading support for a bill that would allow concealed carry on state campuses. The group argues that the chiefs in question, who testified against the bills, did so inappropriately and not as registered lobbyists.

“These chiefs used state resources and were on state taxpayers’ time to lobby the Legislature against the rights of citizens,” Eric Friday, an attorney for the group, told the Sarasota Herald Tribune on April 3. “The statutes require that if a state employee is going to lobby during business hours, they’re expected to register as a lobbyist. None of the people we filed complaints against are registered as lobbyists in Florida.”

Guns.com obtained a list of the 10 named in the complaints filed with the Florida State Ethics Commission. They include the chief law enforcement officers from two of the largest public university campuses in the country; Chief Darren Baxley from the University of Florida and Chief David Perry from Tallahassee-based Florida State University along with his deputy chief.

According to Florida law, any state college or university employee that seeks to, “encourage the passage, defeat, or modification of any legislation by personal appearance or attendance,” in front of the state legislature has to register as a lobbyist. Further, they have to record the hours spent as a lobbyist and cannot be paid by the state for them.

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IN THE COURTS
SAF to fight for return of Navy veterans' firearms collection seized in neighborhood dispute

The Second Amendment Foundation announced on April 3 that it would finance the legal defense for a retired Navy veteran in Arizona whose firearm collection was seized by authorities because of an on-going dispute with a neighbor who obtained a protection order.

Bailey, 56, complained to the City of Glendale about the neighbor's habit of parking dump trucks used in his landscaping company. The dispute unfolded over several months until Bailey called police over concerns of toxic chemical odors allegedly coming from the neighbor's property.

The neighbor then alleged Bailey had threatened him. The next day, he obtained a harassment order against Bailey. Police showed up and took Bailey's gun collection, and he wants his property back.

The SAF said in a press release that it would work with attorney Mark J. Victor to secure the return of Bailey's firearms. Bailey's collection of 28 firearms has an estimated value of more than $25,000 and took more than a decade for him to collect.

"Mr. Bailey is devastated by this situation," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. "We seem to live in an environment when someone's life can be turned upside down on an allegation that should have been thoroughly investigated before any action was ordered by a court.”

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