POLITICS
12/26/2012 08:43 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2013

Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives Sees Legal Roadblocks To Gun Investigations

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director for six years, as President Obama recently noted. But even if someone were to be confirmed for the job, the agency's ability to thwart gun violence is hamstrung by legislative restrictions and by loopholes in federal gun laws, many law enforcement officials and advocates of tighter gun regulations say.

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