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Congress OK’s renewed ban of plastic guns

But GOP blocks senator’s plan to tighten rules

WASHINGTON — 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 school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

By voice vote, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a 10-year extension of the prohibition against the lethal plastic guns that can slip past metal detectors and X-ray machines.

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