Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… w Jersey, murals are dedicated to the fallen, hundreds more lost in one of America’s deadliest cities. One is dedicated to a veteran who survived his deplo …"

"… a crime-reduction strategy that’s effectively reduced gun crime in many American cities since it was first implemented by the Boston Gun Project in 1996. …"

"… dead. They cluster around a table, where the windows behind them frame an American flag flying in front of the towering oxidized copper spires of a historic …"

"… everyone forget for a moment that they live in the most-dangerous city in America. He loves the view from the baseball field. “The sun’s setting, the …"

State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

By Justine McDaniel, Robby Korth and Jessica Boehm

A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… State University. Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defyi …"

"… akota and Arizona have had laws protecting “firearms freedom” from the U.S. government since 2010. A News21 analysis shows 14 such bills were passed by legislat …"

"… rofessional career as a government lawyer and in administrative law thinks U.S. government overreach is the problem. “The founders never envisioned … that a mod …"

Writer to discuss ATF story on 'Washington Journal'

By The Center for Public Integrity

Alan Berlow will appear on 'Washington Journal' to discuss his recent story about the ATF

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… e Center for Public Integrity, Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF. In his article, Berlow reports on how Congressional restrictions and the …"

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… t border. Operation Fast and Furious allowed some 2,000 guns to cross into Mexico. ATF agents watched “straw purchasers,” lawful purchasers who stand in …"

"… of high-powered weapons, many of which later turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, two at a site where a U.S. border agent was killed.   Leadership A …"

ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers

By Fred Schulte

Agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… d to whom. Gun dealers, from local pawnshops to big-box retailers such as Walmart,  also must submit buyers’ names for background checks to confirm t …"

Internet ammunition sales draw scrutiny

By Fred Schulte

Legislators want to crack down, but NRA says history shows regulation is not effective

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… of the wrong hands. Officials supported loosening regulation at that time. ATF spokesman Mike Campbell said in an interview that the agency no longer com …"

House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

By The Associated Press

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… k about them publicly.In Operation Fast and Furious, agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives abandoned the agency's usual practice of intercepting all weapons they bel …"

A 'Fast and Furious' fight in the House

By Gordon Witkin

ATF investigation that led to contempt vote has a complicated past

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… — obscures some important context about the botched investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell I …"

Attorney General Holder, Issa square off over Fast and Furious documents

By The Associated Press

Chairman of House Oversight Committee faces off with Justice Dept. during Fast and Furious testimony

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… r's suggestion to the risky "gun-walking" that the Phoenix division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed to take place in several gun-smuggling investigations that dated b …"

Fallout from Fast and Furious probe claims two high-level victims

By Corbin Hiar

Two federal officials lose their jobs in the aftermath of a controversial federal gun investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kenneth Melson":

"… of the Phoenix U.S. attorney who oversaw the operation.Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson, who himself criticized the so-called Fast and Furious investigation for a …"

Darrell Issa's tangled business and congressional interests

By Jeremy Borden

Do Darrell Issa's personal and congressional interests intersect?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… cleared the bank.Earlier this year, Issa launched an investigation into a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ gun-smuggling operation nicknamed Fast and Furious reported extensively …"

House hearing probes 'Fast and Furious' missteps, reveals White House link

By Corbin Hiar

GOP investigators criticize ATF gun-running probe, reveal White House link

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… names, the House investigators did manage to produce an email linking the ATF's troubled Phoenix field division to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. William New …"

"… nix field division to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. William Newell, the former ATF special- agent-in-charge of the Phoenix office who helped concoct the Fast …"

"… end of his in the White House, detailing his office's plans for explaining ATF's broader border enforcement efforts to the press. O'Reilly was until rece …"

"… Reilly the two internal media briefing documents he’d attached about the ATF's border enforcement strategy, known as Gun Runner. By this time the Fast …"

Justice Department enacts rule for reporting of rifle sales along the Southwest border

By Corbin Hiar

The Justice Department has implemented a controversial rule to require reporting of multiple rifle sales along the border

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… ey General James Cole said in a statement, “will improve the ability of [ATF] to detect and disrupt the illegal weapons trafficking networks responsibl …"

"… g firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations.”ATF had long fought for such a rule. The Justice Department inspector general …"

"… lack of a reporting requirement for multiple sales of long guns…hinders ATF’s ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.” Last De …"

"… y to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.” Last December the ATF proposed the rule on an emergency basis, but in February the White House …"

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… were able to purchase firearms in five states — Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona — using counterfeit driver’s licenses with fic …"

Family, agents decry "reckless" ATF gun operation on Mexican border

By Amy Biegelsen

Family of slain ATF agent testify at Congressional hearing on how guns slipped across border

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… d Furious operation that knowingly let illegally purchased firearms go.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives hoped that the guns would eventually lead agents to bigger cases against k …"

Forecast improving for proposed rule aimed at border gun trafficking

By David Heath

Controversial proposal to curb gun smuggling into Mexico likely to pass tracking

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… ack of a reporting requirement for multiple sales of long guns … hinders ATF’s ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.”The fire …"

"… become final, but sentiment is running strongly in favor of the idea. The ATF says it received 12,700 comments on the proposed rule as of February, with …"

"… idea. Those in support said it was a tool to stop illegal trafficking, the ATF asserted. Those against said it was a waste of time and a burden for gun s …"

"… aid it was a waste of time and a burden for gun shops. A spokesman for the ATF said it appears that there were letter-writing campaigns in support of the …"

Assistant attorney general's office approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

By John Solomon and David Heath

High-level Justice Department officials approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… sp; of the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry last December, though ATF says they were not the murder weapons.The newly released memo – titled …"

"… n an “uncontrolled manner.” Holder said the Arizona probe conducted by ATF is under investigation by the department’s internal watchdog.Other memos …"

"… months before Breuer approved the wiretap –  that made clear  ATF expected  weapons to be transferred from the straw buyers to “co-co …"

"… izona, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, approved of the strategy along with the ATF agent in charge of the Phoenix, William Newell.The January briefing paper …"

Rep. Issa, Attorney General Holder clash over ATF gun trafficking probe

By David Heath

ATF is still on the hot seat for Fast and Furious investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ng organization.” …"

IMPACT: Issa threatens ATF with contempt for withholding documents in gun probe

By David Heath

Issa threatens ATF with contempt for not producing documents

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kenneth Melson":

"… Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the threat in a lettter to Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive …"

Gun shy: Firearms dealer worried ATF would let weapons slip to bad guy

By John Solomon

Arizona firearms dealer worried guns involved in ATF sting would end up with bad guys

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… border agents, according to evidence gathered by Senate investigators.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and federal prosecutors assured the dealer in e-mails that they were “co …"

E-mails allege strife within ATF over Grassley probe

By David Heath

E-mails reveal strife within ATF over Grassley probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… Phoenix, is cooperating with his office as it looks into decisions made by ATF and the Justice Department in the so-called “Fast and Furious” sting o …"

"… the so-called “Fast and Furious” sting operation.Gillett is the second ATF employee to reveal his cooperation. James Dodson, a Phoenix-based agent, h …"

"… what Gillett said. His attorney, Peter Noone, did not wish to comment, and ATF officials declined to comment on Gillett as well.Meanwhile, Grassley wrote …"

"… ed to comment on Gillett as well.Meanwhile, Grassley wrote a new letter to ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, warning that any agency actions taken a …"

Weak laws, paltry resources hinder gun trafficking probes, say ATF backers

By David Heath

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is under fire, but supporters say the agency lacks the tools needed to conduct succe

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… ith loopholes.Chief among them: a frequently used law against lying on the ATF’s Form 4473 at a gun shop – especially in claiming the buyer is purcha …"

"… nd the Justice Department’s inspector general.Current laws also keep the ATF in the dark on sales of assault rifles, the cartels’ weapon of choice. R …"

"… hat border gun stores immediately report multiple sales of these rifles to ATF – which might create investigative leads – have so far gone nowhere.&n …"

"… 06 to stop gun smuggling into Mexico with money earmarked by Congress, the ATF has only 224 agents assigned to the special effort, according to a Ju …"

Border agents unwittingly freed suspects near border with weapons from federal sting

Border agents unwittingly freed suspects near border with weapons from federal sting

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… and Explosives agents trying to bust a major Mexican gun running ring.The ATF had not yet flagged the weapons in a law enforcement database, and CBP wou …"

"… unners in the absence of tougher federal laws.As a result, weapons from an ATF sting in Arizona called “Fast and Furious” unwittingly ended up in the …"

"… er and CBS News disclosed in a joint investigation earlier this month that ATF, over the objections of some agents, had allowed more than 1,700 guns over …"

"… ccording to agents, supervisors and prosecutors. James Cavanaugh, a former ATF commander, said stemming the flow of guns to Mexico is a Herculean task gi …"

No guns in latest ATF raid were knowingly allowed to enter Mexico, prosecutor says

By Julie Vorman

A week after a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives whistleblower described how agents allowed hundreds of U.S. weapons to sl

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… of the agency’s efforts to combat Mexican gun trafficking. …"

House Republicans ask for explanation of ATF gun tactics

By David Heath

A group of House Republicans are demanding the details of a federal investigation that enabled guns suspected of being bought by a drug cart

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… f the investigation by the Center for Public Integrity in their letter.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it allowed suspected straw buyers to purchase weapons over a period o …"

Napolitano quizzed on ATF probe, NRA weighs in

By David Heath

Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee today that she knew nothing of a shift in strategy that delayed arrests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… arles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who has criticized the decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to let “thousands” of guns “walk” into Mexico as a means of …"

Grassley asks for independent investigator to probe ATF

By John Solomon

Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanded Tuesday that an independent watchdog be used to invest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… , demanded Tuesday that an independent watchdog be used to investigate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives decision to let hundreds of guns fall into the hands of straw buyers for s …"

Mexico demands information on controversial ATF gun investigation

By John Solomon

Mexico's foreign ministry is demanding information from the U.S. government on a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Expl

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… istry is demanding information from the U.S. government on a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation that let more than 1,700 weapons pass through straw buyers for s …"

ATF let hundreds of U.S. weapons fall into hands of suspected Mexican gunrunners

By John Solomon, David Heath and Gordon Witkin

Front-line agents and Sen.Charles Grassley are sharply questioning a federal investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to move across the

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… Grassley, the panel’s top Republican — who is spearheading a probe of ATF’s actions – said “it’s time to step back” and examine the policy …"

"… the department’s acting inspector general to evaluate the concerns about ATF’s investigative tactics.A Change in StrategyDodson told the Center he an …"

"… cept some of the weapons but their objections were repeatedly overruled by ATF supervisors. The supervisors instructed them to simply record the straw pu …"

"… an evolving change in the strategic direction of firearms investigations, ATF officials told the Center.Mark Chait, ATF’s assistant director in charge …"

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… Fouts, 19 at the time, told investigators he was approached by Cesar in a Walmart. Cesar promised all he would have to do was sign for some guns at the X Ca …"

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