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Going to Class Should Not Be an Act of Bravery

Tamar Abrams | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Tamar Abrams

Throughout the lives of our children, we have to caution them against real threats in the hope that we can keep them safe. As my daughter nears her 23rd birthday and graduation from college, I had begun to cut back on the warnings. But now the warnings are coming in fast and loud, and not from me.

Bernie Sanders' Gun Control Affair: It's Complicated

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Bernie Sanders' position on gun control is far more complex than these headlines suggest, however, even if his nuances lack a reasonable basis. Both Sanders' supporters and detractors need to be aware of these nuances before blindly praising or criticizing his politics.

The NRA Wins Again on Armor-piercing Bullets, But Common Sense Was Already Lost

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Whether they know it or not, the ATF's decision to shelve its new armor-piercing guideline is actually a victory for all of us who want laws to be reasonable, responsible and fashioned to reflect both reality plus a dose of good old common sense.

The ATF Proposes a Ban on Armor-Piercing Ammunition for Handguns, the Gun Lobby Responds Predictably

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The gun-sense community had to know that the ATF's decision to withdraw the exemption for all uses of this ammo would be construed, rightfully, as a ban. Want to take the short odds on the ATF in this argument? I don't.

The Battle Over the Armor-Piercing AR-15 Bullet Is a Problem of the Gun Industry's Own Making

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The gun industry knew this new breed of assault pistol could trigger restrictions on specific types of ammunition that are considered armor-piercing when used in a handgun, but it moved ahead anyway, driven by the need to create new, militarized market categories in the face of declining household gun ownership. Now they are attempting to rewrite history.

Why 'Armor-Piercing' Bullets Are Flying Off the Shelves

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

You know that something's up in the gun business when Rush Limbaugh starts talking about gun control. And what he was talking about this past week was the decision by the ATF to create a new standard for exempting certain kinds of so-called 'armor-piercing' bullets from the ban that Congress placed on such ammo in 1986.

Executive Order M855

Dennis Santiago | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

The BATFE has introduced a proposed executive branch rule regarding ammunition that will likely pivot the election cycle back towards the same driving forces that caused so many blue states to turn red in the November 2014 midterm.

4 Ways the Drug War Harms National Security

James Carli | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
James Carli

Just think of where we could be as a nation if some of the people spending years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense could have, instead, studied sustainable architecture or climate change adaptation?

Matt Ferner

Senate Measure Seeks To Protect Gun Rights Of Medical Marijuana Patients | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An amendment offered in the Senate Wednesday would block the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from targeting ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: 'Sweeping' New FBI Recording Policy Will Protect Both Suspects, Agents | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A "sweeping" new Justice Department policy that instructs federal agents with the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals Service to electronica...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Insane' DOJ Anti-Recording Policy Has Finally Been Reversed | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a major shift, the Justice Department has done away with a longstanding policy that forbade federal agents from recording statements ...

Weed Is Out of the Bag... What's Next? How Soon?

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

There is a drastic need for federal legislation to legalize it on a national level and create some overall format for states to follow in their implementation.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Trolls Louie Gohmert: 'Good Luck With Your Asparagus' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder snuck in a diss against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, referring to wh...

They Should Name A Building For Him

Max Allan Collins | Posted 03.25.2014 | DC
Max Allan Collins

Recently U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed naming the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Eliot Ness, leader of the famed "Untouchables."

Training a New Generation of Special Agents

Tom Fox | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

B. Todd Jones, a former Marine and U.S. attorney, was confirmed last July as the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Feds Printed Their Own 3D Gun And It Literally Blew Up In Their Faces | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials have determined that a 3D gun printed from blueprints available online qualifies as a deadly weapon and worry it could...

Purported White Supremacists Arrested

AP | BRIAN SKOLOFF and FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two members of a notorious family that authorities say once tried to set up a whites-only nation in...

False Confession Case Should Lead Federal Investigative Agencies to Start Recording Suspects' Interrogations

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Steve Drizin

Today, the FBI and most other federal investigatory agencies are out of tune with the current best practice for interrogating suspects who are under arrest and in custody: recording interrogations electronically, preferably on video, to capture exactly what was said and done during closed-door interviews.

Ryan J. Reilly

ATF: Agent John Dodson Can't Be Paid For 'Fast And Furious' Book | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking answers after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) told an...

Ryan J. Reilly

Fast And Furious Judge Slams House GOP Over Shutdown | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has delayed the lawsuit House Republicans brought against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Spent Millions On Drones Despite 'Uncoordinated' Policy | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice spent millions of dollars purchasing small unarmed drones for domestic use over the last decade, but the ...

Report: ATF Misplaces Millions Of Cigarettes, Misuses Millions Of Dollars

AP | By STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused som...

Key Agency Kept Out Of The Loop After Navy Yard Shooting

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI had traced the gunman's recent shotgun purchase and sent agents to the shop in northern...

Stop the Massacres!

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

At this critical time, we must re-open the dialogue on gun control. Now is the moment to take action and enact meaningful reform. The tools the ATF needs to prevent gun violence exist, but we're keeping them locked away.

Obama Pick Confirmed By Senate After Prolonged Vote

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted in dramatic fashion Wednesday to approve one of President Barack Obama's nominees. For Democrats to prevail, all i...