AMERICAN NOTES: Another Misfire

Once again, the National Rifle Association proved to be stronger than the national interest. By a vote of 68-25, the Senate passed a bill banning the manufacture and sale of the Saturday Night Special, the snub-nosed handgun that is so often used to kill people. But the bill was shot so full of holes that the N.R.A. has nothing to worry about. Nor have the criminals.

Introduced by Birch Bayh, the bill defines the Saturday Night Special as a pistol no longer than six inches with a barrel no longer than three. To get around the law, a gunmaker need...

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