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FLEOA Supports Legislation That Prevents the Production of Undetectable Weapons

The Honorable Bill Nelson
United States Senate
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 

I am writing on behalf of the more than 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) regarding the expiration of legislation governing the production of "undetectable" guns. Obviously, any weapon if undetectable poses a threat to all law enforcement as well as the public at large. Since it’s our government’s responsibility to ensure Americans are protected, allowing this type of legislation to expire appears as malfeasance on the Congresses part.

Any weapon made via a 3-D printer or entirely out of plastic poses a significant threat to the safety and integrity of various entities across the U.S. Many of those same entities, including our airports, incorporate magnetometer screening to stop suspected weapons from entering areas deemed secure and safe. If this legislation was to expire and production of "undetectable" weapons allowed to be manufactured, why bother continued the above screening?

The current legislation requires a manufactured firearm to contain a certain amount of metal, so that they are able to be detected via standard security screening. This practice should continue.

If the current legislation does expire, no venue whether it be planes, schools or government buildings can ever again be deemed completely safe.

While detractors cite the exorbitant 3-D Printer Cost (approx. $100K to produce a functional firearm), the cost of an advanced 3-D printer should not minimize its real threat. In fact, international criminal enterprises, including terrorists, drug traffickers, gun traffickers and human traffickers, all amass a considerable amount of wealth from their illegal activities. While a deranged individual, on average, may not be able to afford an advance 3-D printer, the above referenced violent criminals can.FLEOA strongly supports S1149 and HR1474 "Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act” that would continue the ban on the production of undetectable firearms and close any existing loopholes. This being said, there should be no confusion that FLEOA fully supports the Second Amendment and its import, and does not see this as an encroachment on the sacred right to bear arms.

On behalf of the membership of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, we thank you for your attention to this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can provide any additional information or assistance.

Respectfully,

Frank Terreri
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association