Nation: Shot Down

Both houses of Congress last week virtually shot down any hope of meaningful federal control of guns. The major defeat occurred in the House, where it came in the form — but not the substance — of victory for tighter laws. Voting 305 to 118, the House passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would limit interstate mail-order sales of long guns and certain types of ammunition.* However, charged the bill's disappointed floor manager, Brooklyn Democrat Emanuel Celler, the measure left loopholes "aswide as the Grand Canyon." Among the 19 amendments adopted was one permitting gun collectors to...