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 "spokesman":

"… the vast majority of licensees take that responsibility seriously.” ATF spokesman Mike Campbell in Washington defended the inspection process, saying, “I …"

New study affirms the grim role played by US guns in Mexican violence

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

More than two-thirds of the arms seized over five years came from U.S. sellers.

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 "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… ly intensified Tuesday with the reassignment of the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the resignation of the Phoenix U.S. attorney who oversaw the operation …"

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 "law":

"… ack up to the White House in a contentious House hearing Tuesday.While GOP lawmakers were largely unable to get six agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, To …"

"… ed in Mexico originate in the U.S. ATF Senior Special Agent Jose Wall told lawmakers that of the 2,000 or so guns he’d seen at Mexican crime scenes, le …"

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 "law":

"… are buying them in bulk at U.S. gun stores just over the border. A similar law requiring dealers to report multiple handgun sales nationwide has been in …"

"… legal weapons trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations.”ATF had long fought …"

"… s have often claimed ATF was effectively handcuffed in its efforts by weak laws and regulations, a contention broadly supported by the Justice IG report. …"

"… mpetence in the Fast and Furious scandal. This scheme will unjustly burden law-abiding retailers in border states. It will not affect drug cartels and it …"

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 "House Oversight Committee":

"… the most emotional part of a hearing Wednesday that is part of an ongoing House Oversight Committee investigation of the so-called Fast and Furious operation that knowingly l …"

"… lawful.”The senator and another Republican, Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said the operation was “reckless” and produced a “tragic” outcome …"

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

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… bes.Holder was questioned for a second day on Wednesday, this time by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that it has always …"

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

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

E-mails allege strife within ATF over Grassley probe

By David Heath

E-mails reveal strife within ATF over Grassley probe

Daily Watchdog: Deteriorating conditions in Central America pose security threat

By Laurel Adams

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… icide rates in the world. In 2010, the homicide rate per 100,000 people in El Salvador was at 66, Guatemala was at 50 and Honduras at 77. The often publicized ho …"

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 "Court of Appeals":

"… the gun was bought for personal use.A decision by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, sets the standard even higher. Under that court’s ruling, a bu …"

House committee subpoenas ATF for documents on gun probe

By David Heath

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today issued a subpoena

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… ons about this deadly serious matter is deeply troubling,” said Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement.Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich qui …"

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

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

ATF allegations, anger spread through Mexico

By Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab

Revelations in a story from the Center about ATF's controversial Fast and Furious operation have sparked demands for investigations in Mexic

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive":

"… ico response to drug traffickers, the Merida Initiative, which has had the executive branches of each country working together.“The cooperation will change a …"

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

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

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

ATF orders immediate review of gun-running operation

By John Solomon

The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive on Thursday night ordered an outside evaluation of his agency's efforts t

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 "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… ore a major prosecution of Mexican drug lords, federal prosecutors and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives permitted hundreds of guns to be purchased and retained by suspected straw …"

Reports on gun that killed U.S. agent highlight continuing flow of weapons to Mexico

By Gordon Witkin

Reports that a Texas store was the source of a gun used to kill a U.S. agent in Mexico are bringing new attention to an issue that was the

Justice Dept. gun-tracking program should share more info with other police agencies

By Laurel Adams

A Justice Department program to help reduce drug cartel violence along the U.S. border found 90 percent of guns smuggled into Mexico came fr

ATF’s ‘ad hoc’ efforts give tobacco smugglers a free pass

By Te-Ping Chen

Smuggling cigarettes in America has become a multi-billion-dollar business, robbing states of desperately needed tax money and fueling organ

Excerpts from this story referencing "China":

"… yal Charm, involved fully one billion counterfeit cigarettes imported from China, along with counterfeit money and surface-to-air missiles from North Korea …"

U.S. guns arming Mexican drug cartels

By The Center for Public Integrity

The ATF says that 90 percent of guns seized at the Mexican border were originally sold in the States