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There Are Roughly 6 Licensed Gun Dealers for Every Starbucks in the U.S.

Rob Tindula | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Rob Tindula

In a data visualization called "firearms and frappuccinos," the comparison between America's favorite coffee shop and licensed gun dealers is made painstakingly clear.

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 ...

We Need Better Data for a Serious Gun Control Debate

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime
Robert Muggah

On one side are those who explain these ghastly incidents as the outcome of a failed mental health system. On the other are pundits who say these preventable deaths are the consequence of America's patent inability to regulate guns. They are both right.

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."

One Year Later

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

One year later, despite Congress's appalling lack of action, there has been important progress in some areas and states. The White House has quietly delivered on most of the executive actions President Obama promised in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

ATF: Agent Can Publish Fast And Furious Book - For Free | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday that it isn't suppressing the free speech rights of an agent who ha...

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...

Despite Longshot Chance, Obama Pick Gets Senate Hearing

Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Five months after President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to approve his choice to le...

Are Chemical Safety Inspectors Being Blocked in West, TX?

Danielle Brian | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Danielle Brian

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was able to send its national response team to begin looking for a possible crime. The problem however, is that this has been getting in the way of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

Most Firearms Dealers Aren't Inspected For Over Five Years: Report

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most licensed firearms dealers have gone uninspected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for over five year...

Feds: Anti-Obama Vet Tried To Trade Bombs For Cocaine

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

Federal authorities in Colorado have arrested a 35-year-old man with a "Fire Obama" poster in his window who allegedly worried the Obama administratio...

'Why Is This Country A** Deep In Illegal Guns?'

Posted 01.17.2013 | Comedy

As expected the, NRA wasn't particularly pleased with President Obama's gun control proposals. And why not? As Jon Stewart outlined on Wednesday night...

Obama's ATF Nominee Took Over Shaken Agency

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- B. Todd Jones, the man President Barack Obama wants to be the first permanent director the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Expl...

Potential Leading Force On Gun Control Hamstrung By Existing Laws

The New York Times | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director for six years, as President Obama recently noted. But ev...

The Truth About The Fast And Furious Scandal | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to be...

How About If We Hold Congress in Contempt?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

As a House Committee prepares to vote on a resolution citing Attorney General Holder for contempt over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun trafficking operation, the American people should be wondering: Why is there no mechanism for us to hold the Congress in contempt?

Holder, Fast and Furious, and the Double Standard

Lanny Davis | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Attorney General Eric Holder has been the subject of vicious partisan personal attacks on his integrity over the failed "gun walking" operation, "Fast and Furious." The hypocrisy of the double standard by congressional Republicans is obvious.

Gun Rights & Marijuana Reform -- Issues Joined!

Richard Feldman | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Richard Feldman

Gun rights activists are generally from the political right while marijuana reformers are typically from the political left. Ironically, if they could get past their distrust of each other, the two groups would discover that they are quite similar.

ATF Chief Out Over Controversial Gun Trafficking Program

The Huffington Post | Alexander Belenky | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics

Kenneth Melson is out as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Melson has b...

NRA To Sue Over Obama Administration Gun Control Rule

Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON -- The gun industry plans to file lawsuits on Wednesday challenging requirements that weapons dealers along the U.S. ...

Obama's Growing Gun Problem

Adam Winkler | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Now that Republicans in Congress won important concessions in the debt ceiling debate, the next partisan battle is likely to be over what promises to be the first major scandal of the Obama administration: the botched gun sting known as "Operation Fast and Furious."

Saki Knafo

'Fast and Furious' Weapons Scandal Fuels Immigration Debate | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

A scandal involving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered its latest phase on Tuesday when officials from the bureau testified at a cong...

WATCH: U.S. Guns From Controversial ATF Operation Found At Mexican Crime Scenes

Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- At least 122 firearms from a botched U.S. undercover operation have been found at crime scenes in Mexic...