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 "Indiana":

"… t doesn’t mean dealers are happy when ATF agents pay a visit. Last year, Indiana gun dealer Charles Ludington received a four-year prison sentence after pl …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"…   ATF criticized By contrast, some gun-rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, have blasted ATF oversight as arbitrary and unfair — and are lobbying 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 "White House":

"… hands of dangerous people,” McCarthy said in a statement.In addition, a White House panel on gun violence led by Vice-President Biden is considering a range o …"

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 "Justice Department":

"… hopes of making a bigger criminal case against Mexican drug cartels.“The Justice Department’s claim that ATF never knowingly sanctioned or allowed the sale of assau …"

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 "legislative director":

"… drug-related violence in Mexico,” wrote Chris Cox, the NRA’s legislative director. “But lawlessness in Mexico…is no excuse for U.S. law enforcement agen …"

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 "Justice Department":

"… is concerns were dismissed by his supervisors and initially ignored by the Justice Department’s inspector general.Sen. Charles Grassley, the panel’s top Republican …"

"… g operation turned up at the scene of a fatal shooting of a U.S. agent.The Justice Department said today that Attorney General Eric Holder has asked the department’s …"

"… earlier focus on straw buyers was criticized last fall in a review by the Justice Department’s inspector general of ATF’s border effort, known as Project Gunrunner …"

"… vestigation dragged on for 15 months, in part, documents show, because the Justice Department was slow to approve a wiretap and bring prosecutions. Memos reveal that AT …"