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 "Walmart":

"… d to whom. Gun dealers, from local pawnshops to big-box retailers such as Walmart,  also must submit buyers’ names for background checks to confirm t …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… case at a congressional hearing. Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said that the review of wiretap applications is a “narrow assessment of …"

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… o the e-mails.The e-mails and testimony gathered by investigators for Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, are the lat …"

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 "Phoenix":

"… ght case against George Iknadosian, the owner of the X Caliber gun shop in Phoenix, and straw buyers who were allegedly working for a pair of brothers, Cesar …"

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 "Charles Grassley":

"… Brian Terry on Dec. 14th.Napolitano was questioned about the case by Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who has criticized the decision by the Bureau of Alco …"

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

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 "Phoenix":

"… ng built, according to documents and interviews.The decision — part of a Phoenix-based operation code named “Fast and Furious” — was met by strong ob …"

"… eadquarters in Washington and supervision by the U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix, a special ATF strike force known as Group VII was given permission to let …"

"… e million ($1,000,000.00) cash in over-the-counter transactions at various Phoenix area” gun dealers, the memo said.Some of the field agents became increas …"

"… 2, 2010, email to one of his supervisors and an assistant U.S. attorney in Phoenix, Voth wrote there was “no pressure but perhaps an increased sense of urg …"