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Obama to Sign 'Via Autopen' Plastic Gun Ban

6:09 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama, who is aboard Air Force One on his way to a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, will sign a plastic gun ban "via autopen," an aide tells the Huffington Post. 

"We expect the President to sign the reauthorization via autopen before the legislation expires at midnight," a White House aide is quoted as saying.

The plastic gun ban, to prevent guns that might be made from a 3-D printer, has been re-approved by Congress.

"Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.," reports the Associated Press.

"By voice vote, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a 10-year extension of the prohibition against guns that can slip past metal detectors and X-ray machines. The House voted last week for an identical decade-long renewal of the ban, and the measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature."

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