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 …"

Drugs, guns and child porn at Homeland Security

By Aaron Mehta

Over 250 Homeland Security agents were convicted of crimes last year, says new report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Customs and Border Protection":

"… orruption very seriously,” David V. Aguilar, the acting commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said during an early August hearing. “While the number of corrupt indiv …"

Report challenges Mexico's choices in drug war

By The Associated Press

US Senate report challenges Mexico's reliance on military to fight drug violence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… ion in violence in Mexico." …"

"… ajority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which traveled to Mexico in April for extensive interviews with U.S. and Mexican officials, said in …"

"… ence suffered by civilians," the report said. Like Calderon, Mexico's President-elect Pena Nieto will be under pressure to deal with the rampa …"

"… by corruption and ineffectiveness. As the United States and Mexico maintain close ties, the report recommended that Congress provide at least …"

House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

By The Associated Press

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… and Furious, which allowed hundreds of guns to be smuggled from Arizona to Mexico.The vote on a criminal contempt resolution sent the matter to the U.S. att …"

"… dministration initially denied guns were allowed to "walk" from Arizona to Mexico. By year's end, the administration acknowledged the assertion was wrong.Pr …"

A 'Fast and Furious' fight in the House

By Gordon Witkin

ATF investigation that led to contempt vote has a complicated past

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has been investigati …"

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 "U.S. government":

"… he persistent flow of weapons south. Some law enforcement officials in the U.S. government share the Mexicans' concern, but their attempts to stanch the flow by obta …"

Attorney General Holder, Issa square off over Fast and Furious documents

By The Associated Press

Chairman of House Oversight Committee faces off with Justice Dept. during Fast and Furious testimony

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… spects in the investigation have been recovered, some from crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S., including a murder scene in Nogales, Ariz., where border age …"

"… euer's commitment to stemming the flow of guns from the United States into Mexico and his strong ties and collaborative relationships with his counterparts …"

"… d his strong ties and collaborative relationships with his counterparts in Mexico, it is inconceivable that his intention was to have guns released into Mex …"

"… ico, it is inconceivable that his intention was to have guns released into Mexico," Cole wrote.By Associated Press writer Pete Yost. …"

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 "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… nceived anti-gun-trafficking probe conducted by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The gun investigation allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the …"

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 "Senate":

"… the acting director,” Cullen said. He wanted a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed ATF director, “and he knew that wouldn’t be him.”Mike Bouc …"

"… a permanent director since 2006, when Congress required the consent of the Senate for any appointee.The National Rifle Association opposes Traver, contendin …"

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 "Mexico":

"… p;at least 122 of these weapons were recovered in 48 separate incidents in Mexico.The report was compiled by staff working for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chai …"

"… olved 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 re …"

"… the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. Carlos Canino, ATF’s acting attaché to Mexico, said that "as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have …"

"… sniper rifles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.”Civilians in Mexico are not legally allowed to purchase high-caliber weapons. As a result, man …"

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 "Mexico":

"… hermore, the requirement is limited to four border states — Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas. Federal authorities assert these types of guns are …"

"… guns…hinders ATF’s ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.” Last December the ATF proposed the rule on an emergency basis, but in …"

"… e.ATF  has for years struggled to stem the flow of U.S. firearms into Mexico, a problem highlighted by controversy over the agency’s failed “Fast a …"

"… and Furious” operation. ATF agents sought to track the flow of guns into Mexico by selling weapons to buyers affiliated with the drug cartels only to late …"

The loneliness of El Diario of Juárez

By María Teresa Ronderos

A Colombian journalist spends three days with reporters from Juárez, Mexico’s most violent city

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf Cartel":

"… ulipas, the brutality of the war between the narco-military Zetas gang the Gulf Cartel has cowed most journalists into complete silence. Some of the media, still …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… of duplicates. …"

"… s seeking a pilot program to require gun dealers in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to report multiple sales of certain types of rifles within any …"

"… ns … hinders ATF’s ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.”The firearms bureau proposed the rule on an emergency basis within days …"

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 "Mexico":

"… th the hope that they would uncover criminal activity across the border in Mexico, documents released Wednesday by congressional investigators show.The appr …"

"… vity on both sides of the border.The revelation has stirred controversy in Mexico and the United States, in part because some front-line agents from the Bur …"

"… bring charges against higher-ups, including members of the drug cartels in Mexico.   The memo also divulged that the top federal prosecutor in Ari …"

"… mber of guns potentially crossing the border during a time period in which Mexico was experiencing unprecedented violence and he urged federal prosecutors t …"

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 "Eric Holder":

"… gainst higher-ups in the trafficking organization.” …"

IMPACT: Issa threatens ATF with contempt for withholding documents in gun probe

By David Heath

Issa threatens ATF with contempt for not producing documents

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Oversight and Government Reform Committee":

"… t a gun-smuggling operation into Mexico.Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the threat in a lettter to Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bu …"

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 …"

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 "China":

"… being smuggled into Mexico, saying that he suspects many come from Russia, China and the black market.“Why the heck would these cartels want to waste the …"

House committee subpoenas ATF for documents on gun probe

By David Heath

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today issued a subpoena

Weapons at root of trafficking case were subject of an earlier Center probe

By Gordon Witkin

Three Dallas-area men allegedly bent on supplying weapons to a Mexican drug cartel were dealing in a particular type of gun that was the sub

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 "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… leged straw buyers in a federal sting and were supposed to be monitored by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents trying to bust a major Mexican gun running ring.The ATF had not yet …"

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 "Deputy Attorney General":

"… c of weapons from the US into Mexico," said Jorge Alberto Lara, Mexico’s Deputy Attorney General, in a statement late last week. According to Lara, Mexico’s Attorney Gen …"

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

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 "Eric Holder":

"… other GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday to explain aspects of the controversial 15-month investigation k …"

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

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 "ATF":

"… Grassley, the panel’s top Republican — who is spearheading a probe of ATF’s actions – said “it’s time to step back” and examine the policy …"

"… the department’s acting inspector general to evaluate the concerns about ATF’s investigative tactics.A Change in StrategyDodson told the Center he an …"

"… cept some of the weapons but their objections were repeatedly overruled by ATF supervisors. The supervisors instructed them to simply record the straw pu …"

"… an evolving change in the strategic direction of firearms investigations, ATF officials told the Center.Mark Chait, ATF’s assistant director in charge …"

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

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Southwest":

"… 47 sold in Mexico fetches three to four times its purchase price along the U.S. Southwest border, or between $1,200 and $1,600, according to the study. In the inter …"

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