A SMALL-BORE SUCCESS

DOES THE BRADY LAW WORK? IT SNAGS SOME FELONS, BUT IT'S UNDERMINED BY LOOPHOLES AND ILLEGAL DEALERS

At Colorado's thriving weekend gun marts, business is pretty good these days. In the Denver suburb of Commerce City, where gun shoppers graze the warehouse aisles, you can buy a .22-cal. pistol for just $70. Granted, prices are down from a year ago, when passage of the Brady Law led to a surge of panic buying. But it's because of Brady that business is also done a little differently now--most gun dealers are frequently on the phone, calling state agents for a background check on every would-be purchaser. Not all the gun dealers, however. At the sales tables of unlicensed sellers...

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