WASHINGTON -- Plastic handguns can be created by anyone with access to a 3D printer and the internet, which under current law is an illegal firearm undetectable by any security system.
"it's law enforcement's worst nightmare," said security analyst Max Gomez.
Ginger Colbrun added, "The ATF sees this as a public safety risk if that law expires on December 10th it is federally legal for anyone to manufacture an undetectable firearm."
The undetectable firearms act of 1988 states legal plastic handguns must contain a certain amount of metal so they can be seen by security scanners like the ones used at airports and other public venues.
Some critics say these types of guns aren't as effective as metal ones and don't need regulations, but the AFT sees it differently.
"The bottom line is that these are not toys these are firearms," said Colbrun.
The house has passed a 10 year extension to this law and it's on to the Senate next. Democrats want to add an amendment to better regulate how the guns are made and Republicans are concerned any changes made may be used as a loophole to expand safety laws on all guns.
"I have nothing against 3D printers. "I think they're great," said Rep. Steve Israel. "I do have something against making it easier for terrorists and criminals to get those guns through metal detectors. "
Some municipalities are not waiting for the feds to address this issue. Philadelphia became the first city in the country to ban 3D gun printing this month.
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