WASHINGTON — An intense lobbying effort by the National Rifle Assn. has derailed, at least temporarily, legislation being considered by the Reagan Administration to ban so-called "plastic guns" that can escape detection by security equipment, NRA officers and Administration sources said.
The effort to block the legislation was directed at Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and Vice President George Bush, among others, the sources said.
A package of gun control legislation that included the plastic guns measure already had been approved by top officials at the Justice Department and the Treasury Department, which is responsible for enforcing gun laws, sources said.
But, after lobbying by the politically potent rifle association, the legislation was withdrawn by Meese last week from final consideration at the Office of Management and Budget, the sources said.