Out Front on Arms Control

An Illinois town says no to handguns

For years Congress has avoided passing even modest gun registration measures, wary of incurring the well-financed wrath of shooters' groups like the National Rifle Association. But the town fathers of Morton Grove, Ill. (pop. 24,000), a genteel suburb northwest of Chicago, are not so timorous. Beginning next Monday, selling or possessing a handgun in Morton Grove will be a crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. The law against possession, passed 4 to 2 by the village trustees and upheld by a federal district court, is the most stringent...

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