A Blow to The N.R.A.

The House takes an overdue stand for gun control

Like rival gunfighters, the National Rifle Association and Handgun Control Inc. stalked each other for months. The contest hardly seemed equal: with 2.7 million members and an annual budget of $86 million, the giant N.R.A. seemed to tower over the bantamweight gun-control group, which has only 1 million members and a $6.5 million budget. But after the smoke cleared from last week's shootout on Capitol Hill, advocates of gun control had triumphed in a surprisingly lopsided 239-186 House vote for the so-called Brady bill.

Named after James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary who was crippled in the attempted...

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