Lawmakers took an easy step Monday when the Democratic run Senate unanimously gave final congressional approval to a bill adding another decade to the prohibition against guns that can slip by airport metal detectors and X ray machines.
The National Rifle Association, which has helped scuttle firearms restrictions this year, did not oppose the extension.
Without action, the ban would have expired Tuesday. The Republican led House approved the bill last week.
But the NRA did oppose an effort by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D N.Y., and other Democrats to strengthen the law by requiring plastic firearms to …