House approves bill to extend ban on plastic firearms -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

House approves bill to extend ban on plastic firearms

Yvette Aehle, Airport Director Yvette Aehle, Airport Director

Many South Georgians support a bill approved by Congress that would extend a ban on manufacturing plastic firearms.     

The Republican controlled House passed a new 10-year ban on guns that are not detectable by metal detectors and x-ray machines. It's the first federal gun legislation approved since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut last year. Officials at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport say they are behind the bill 100%.

"In order to keep all of our passengers as well as all the people that work at the airport safe, we need to make sure that we keep that ban in effect," said Yvette Aehle.       

The 1988 ban was set to expire next Monday. The Senate will take up the bill next week. Some supporters argue for more specific language that would outlaw the use of 3-D printers to manufacture weapons.

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