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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… r’s license. John Feinblatt, chief policy adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said trace data is extremely useful in establishing “whether a dealer h …"

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.

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… t too much information out there,” he added.Fervent opposition The National Rifle Association strongly opposes ammunition regulation. The NRA argues that banning online …"

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

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 "inspector":

"… both U.S. Attorneys posted along the border and the Justice Department’s inspector general.Current laws also keep the ATF in the dark on sales of assault rif …"

"… an on higher-level traffickers. But in the same report, the department’s inspector general acknowledged that the bureau was handcuffed by ineffective laws. …"

"… ht, according to this argument.Just last November, that Justice Department inspector general report sharply criticized the ATF for not doing enough to bring do …"

"… border and getting these guns through a straw buyer?” LaPierre asked.The inspector general of the Justice Department reported last year that from fiscal 2007 …"

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 "inspector":

"… sed by his supervisors and initially ignored by the Justice Department’s inspector general.Sen. Charles Grassley, the panel’s top Republican — who is spe …"

"… oday that Attorney General Eric Holder has asked the department’s acting inspector general to evaluate the concerns about ATF’s investigative tactics.A Cha …"

"… buyers was criticized last fall in a review by the Justice Department’s inspector general of ATF’s border effort, known as Project Gunrunner.In addition, …"

"… s, he filed a whistleblower complaint both by Web and phone to the Justice inspector general but was never contacted. He then approached Grassley, keeping his …"