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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… traced through ATF's National Tracing Center. A report done in 2009 by the Government Accountability Office found that 87 percent of firearms seized by Mexican authorities and t …"

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 "senior adviser":

"… wing so many weapons to cross the border, will take a less visible job, as senior adviser on forensic science policy issues at the Justice Department.There was no w …"

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 "U.S. embassy in Mexico City":

"… F executives involved in Fast and Furious and the agency's staffers at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. Carlos Canino, ATF’s acting attaché to Mexico, said that "as a result …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… a contention broadly supported by the Justice IG report. Nevertheless, the National Rifle Association, the largest gun rights organization in the U.S., was quick to condemn the …"

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 "Rhode Island":

"… tement.Joined by Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Feinstein called on Congress to restore the ban on assault weapons passed …"

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 "Arizona":

"… pilot program to require gun dealers in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to report multiple sales of certain types of rifles within any five-day sp …"

"… f border patrol agent Brian Terry being shot and killed near the border in Arizona on Dec. 16. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget in Februar …"

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 "Arizona":

"… cutors, allowed more than 1,700 weapons to be sold from federal dealers in Arizona to suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug and gun gangs.  More than …"

"… s to leave investigations in an “uncontrolled manner.” Holder said the Arizona probe conducted by ATF is under investigation by the department’s intern …"

"… ico.   The memo also divulged that the top federal prosecutor in Arizona, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, approved of the strategy along with the ATF a …"

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 "Arizona":

"… covered near the scene of the murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona last December;  ATF has said that the murder weapon was not a gun fro …"

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 "Arizona":

"… on, though the ATF says neither of these firearms fired the fatal shots. …"

"… gents.The dealer sought a meeting May 13, 2010 with federal prosecutors in Arizona, at which new assurances were given that guns weren’t being sent across …"

"… 2010, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was fatally shot north of the Mexico-Arizona border while trying to arrest bandits who target illegal immigrants. Two w …"

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 "David Cordrea":

"… heavily redacted documents were produced in response to a FOIA request by David Cordrea, a reporter for examiner.com but passed on to the Center for Public Integr …"

Daily Watchdog: Deteriorating conditions in Central America pose security threat

By Laurel Adams

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… evels of violence and corruption of government officials, according to the Congressional Research Service.The Obama Administration has sought partnerships wit …"

"… y over 50 percent since 2008, Central American leaders and some members of Congress believe the resources provided are insufficient given the scope of the sec …"

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 "Congress":

"… unrunner in 2006 to stop gun smuggling into Mexico with money earmarked by Congress, the ATF has only 224 agents assigned to the special effort, according to …"

"… eclared war on the drug cartels, criticized U.S. gun laws in an address to Congress last year, blaming the escalation in violence on the expiration of the Ame …"

"… one handgun to the same person within a five-day span. In passing the law, Congress reasoned that most crimes are committed with handguns. But the cartels hav …"

"… mke said the gun lobby’s power over the ATF is so strong that ever since Congress required confirmation of the ATF director in 2006, no director has been co …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… .”Agents and prosecutors have been especially passionate in pleading for Congress to pass a specific law banning gun trafficking, and have repeatedly watche …"

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 "Congress":

"… Sure, there must be secret information, but it mustn’t be held from the Congress.”Other analysts said they believe this episode will have long-lasting re …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… s had firearms in their possession, we seized those firearms."Last week, a Center for Public Integrity reported the ATF and federal prosecutors investigating gun-running by drug …"

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 "Janet Napolitano":

"… crime involves watching them transfer weapons. …"

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 "United States":

"… 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 shared responsibility, …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… tion of his agency's efforts to combat Mexican gun trafficking following a Center for Public Integrity report that ATF supervisors allowed more than 1,700 guns to flow to straw …"

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 "United States":

"… disclosed that ATF watched as targeted suspects purchased 359 guns in the United States in March 2010 alone.The case summary sent to ATF headquarters in summer 20 …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… as done little to stop the flow of weapons across the border.Last month, a Center for Public Integrity investigation revealed that U.S. importers were maneuvering around a law b …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… which just ended.Following are other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… t remains in the Senate. …"

"… officers, soldiers, and prosecutors — all while Mexico’s calls for the United States to cut off the flow have had little effect. Mexico’s strict gun laws mak …"

"… . Mexico’s strict gun laws make buying the weapons difficult, but in the United States, they are sold legally at stores, gun shows, and flea markets — and then …"

"… 0 percent of guns seized at the Mexican border were originally sold in the United States, two-thirds of which have been traced back to Texas, Arizona, and Californ …"