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After the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., calls were made for controls on the mail order purchase of guns. This editorial comments that restrictions on gun sales would not necessarily prevent assassinations as the person who is committed to killing a public figure could find an alternate means to accomplish the deed. A bill was passed which outlawed the mail order sale of rifles and shotguns shipped directly to the consumer. Up until this law, rifles or shotguns could be ordered by mail with only the statement that the consumer was over 18.