Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Begich":

"… beneficiary of $28,830 while Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor (NRA C-) got $2,000. Mark Begich of Alaska (NRA A) and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota (NRA A) have received …"

As firearm ownership rises, Florida gun murders increase

In the last decade, gun murders in Florida have surged 38 percent. Experts are divided about the cause.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… rage, which a recent Gallup Poll put it at 47 percent. “Since President Obama took office, people expected him to get tougher on guns,” Kleck says. …"

"… ease” in gun murders, Wood said. “The people who are buying guns after Obama are not the ones committing the murders.” Ladd Everitt, communications …"

Gun groups hire new lobbyists to storm Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

Pro-gun, anti-gun groups register new government affairs representatives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association for Gun Rights":

"… rms control a central piece of his public agenda. The Virginia-based National Association for Gun Rights registered Christopher Kuper, its director of federal legislation, as its …"

Writer to discuss ATF story on 'Washington Journal'

By The Center for Public Integrity

Alan Berlow will appear on 'Washington Journal' to discuss his recent story about the ATF

Excerpts from this story referencing "C-SPAN":

"… nline at Live on C-SPAN.       …"

"… eau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The program will air on C-SPAN and is also available streaming online at Live on C-SPAN.     …"

"… ogram will air on C-SPAN and is also available streaming online at Live on C-SPAN.       …"

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 "legislator":

"… gun violence squarely at the front of the national agenda. Long-skeptical legislators have expressed a new openness to at least consider laws that might keep g …"

"… George W. Bush’s nominee, Michael J. Sullivan, a former Republican state legislator and U.S. attorney. His confirmation was blocked by three Republican senato …"

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 …"

Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns: 'Money is not all that matters'

By Michael Beckel

Mayors Against Illegal Guns sees 'intensity' on its side as its pitted against the National Rifle Association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… onn., Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be pitted against the deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. That doesn't faze Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Gu …"

After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton

Will Connecticut shooting change the calculus?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… ming majority of whom were Republicans, according to Center for Responsive Politics. Since 2009, the NRA has also put more than $1 million into state campaign …"

"… to state campaigns, according to the National Institute for Money in State Politics.The NRA has long been both respected and feared for its political muscle. …"

"… y Senate Democrat to receive NRA money, according to Center for Responsive Politics— announced that he may be open to gun control initiatives.Rep. John Yarm …"

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 …"

On anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting, law to close loophole hasn't accomplished much

By Gordon Witkin

Federal law designed to improve access to mental health records has proved disappointing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… igned by President George W. Bush in January 2008 — and supported by the National Rifle Association — was supposed to fix the problem by providing federal grants to help st …"

Children's Defense Fund report on kids' gun deaths, new gun laws

By Susan Ferriss

Children's Defense Fund says more kids killed by gunfire than military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal judge":

"… h rights doctors need to do their jobs responsibly. Last September, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking enforcement of the law.Nicknamed “docs and …"

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across the nation

By Susan Ferriss

Gun-rights group used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to spread laws nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida Republican Party Committee":

"… invested and involved in congressional races.The organization showered the Florida Republican Party Committee with a total of $125,000 in donations between 2004 and 2010. That sum tops …"

Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier

By Rick Schmitt

A multitude of states have eased requirements to carry concealed weapons

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Kasich":

"… The billed passed the House by a vote of 56-39, and the Senate, 25-7; Gov. John Kasich signed it into law June 30.Background checkIf they seemed impatient, the f …"

"… ’s highest candidate rating. The credentials of his Republican opponent, John Kasich, were suspect ever since he voted for a national ban on assault weapons wh …"

Fast and Furious hearing: Holder defends Assistant Attorney General Breuer

By Corbin Hiar

Attorney General Eric Holder and GOP lawmakers faced off again over what Justice department officials knew about the gun-trafficking probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ut did not offer any further information.“Why would you risk contempt of Congress to prevent us from finding out who reviewed the drafts of that letter and …"

Rick Perry's devotion to NRA-backed proposals reaps campaign aid and grassroots support

By Peter H. Stone

Rick Perry has signed 17 pro-gun bills while governor of Texas

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… e Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.In his book Fed Up, Perry slammed Congress for overstepping its authority when it passed the landmark federal gun con …"

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 …"

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… nter has referred to gun shows as “Tupperware Parties for Criminals.” American-born al-Qaida member Adam Gadahn suggested in a video message over the In …"

"… of getting easy access to arms to launch attacks in the United States. ''America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” Gadahn said. “Yo …"

"… t this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people,” Obama wrote. The NRA responded that it welcom …"

"… ent believes we can identify some common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Wh …"

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 …"

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 …"

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 …"

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 …"

House Republicans ask for explanation of ATF gun tactics

By David Heath

A group of House Republicans are demanding the details of a federal investigation that enabled guns suspected of being bought by a drug cart

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… epublicans who wrote the letter cited coverage of the investigation by the Center for Public Integrity in their letter.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sa …"

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. …"

Grassley asks for independent investigator to probe ATF

By John Solomon

Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanded Tuesday that an independent watchdog be used to invest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… , demanded Tuesday that an independent watchdog be used to investigate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives decision to let hundreds of guns fall into the hands of straw buyers for s …"

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, …"

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