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 "Obama administration":

"… n then sell without doing background checks of prospective buyers. As the Obama administration presses for stricter gun controls in response to the killings of 20 school …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… h guns mostly supplied by merchants in the United States.The Government of Mexico has estimated that almost 50,000 people have been killed since 2006, a tol …"

"… rom inside the United States. Precisely, of the 99,691 weapons traced from Mexico between 2007 and 2011, 68,161 were manufactured or imported from the U.S. …"

"… ed.The flow of U.S. weapons to foreign countries isn't constrained just to Mexico. Over the five years studied in the report, over 99 percent of the weapons …"

"… 3.3 percent); the majority of weapons seized for tracing were handguns.But Mexico remains the more volatile situation. After all, there aren't civilians bei …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ing majority of decisions,” said Langholfer, now a private attorney.Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) who has spearheaded a Congressional probe of the Fast and Furi …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… e of Fast and Furious months before it became public. A Justice Department spokeswoman, however, said details of the investigation were unknown to senior Justice …"

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

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

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 "supervisor":

"… ” Just three weeks after Breuer ‘s office approved the wiretap, an ATF supervisor in the case raised serious concerns about the number of guns potentially c …"

"… ecutors to speed up their decisions. “We have a sense of urgency,” ATF supervisor David Voth wrote on April 2, 2010. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… ssley wrote in a letter delivered late Wednesday night to Attorney General Eric Holder.Grassley has repeatedly accused the department of stonewalling congression …"

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 "Phoenix":

"… as trying to do was to provide what the law was.” …"

"… today that George T. Gillett Jr., an assistant special agent in charge in Phoenix, is cooperating with his office as it looks into decisions made by ATF and …"

"… lett is the second ATF employee to reveal his cooperation. James Dodson, a Phoenix-based agent, has also spoken to Grassley’s staff, criticizing his agency …"

Daily Watchdog: Deteriorating conditions in Central America pose security threat

By Laurel Adams

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 "Project Gunrunner":

"… vestigative leads – have so far gone nowhere. And despite launching Project Gunrunner in 2006 to stop gun smuggling into Mexico with money earmarked by Congress …"

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 "inspector":

"… show the guns were not the murder weapons.The Justice Department says its inspector general will conduct its own review of the Fast and Furious investigation. …"

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 "lawyer":

"… Palomas, Mexico, on Feb. 8 of this year, according to court records and a lawyer for one of the defendants.The episode — confirmed by the Center for Publ …"

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 "Phoenix":

"… ion in January that detained 20 people involved with arms smuggling in the Phoenix area.. But Lara said his agency did not know that operation was part of 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… gn ministry said.You can read the Mexican government's full statement here. …"

"… rsial strategy.In addition to seeking information about the investigation, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement late Sunday that it will be watchin …"

"… en kept in the dark about the investigation."The aim of the governments of Mexico and the United States is to stop the trafficking of arms on the basis of s …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kenneth E. Melson":

"… both sides of the border.The statement, issued by ATF’s acting director, Kenneth E. Melson, said the agency “will ask a multi-disciplinary panel of law enforcement …"

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 "Drug Enforcement Administration":

"… experts said the ATF’s strategy clearly had risks.Phil Jordan, a former Drug Enforcement Administration administrator who once ran the inter-agency El Paso Intelligence Center, s …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… ts 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 subject a Center inves …"

"… sed to gun down U.S. Immigration and Customs agent Jaime Zapata in central Mexico on Feb. 15 had been traced to a gun shop in Joshua, Texas, about a half-ho …"

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 "inspector":

"… luster, according to a newly released report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.The IG’s office took a tough look at the key federal regulator o …"

"… ng with counterfeit money and surface-to-air missiles from North Korea.The inspector general calls the ATF’s efforts to fight tobacco diversion “ad hoc,” …"

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