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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."

Inside The ATF's Controversial Gun Trafficking Operation

AP | By PAULINE ARRILLAGA | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX -- Ten days before Christmas, ATF agent John Dodson awoke, got his morning coffee, switched on the TV news – and heard the words he had ...

Dozens Of Assault Rifles Stolen From SoCal Army Base

AP | Posted 09.29.2011 | Los Angeles

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — More than two dozen assault rifles have been stolen from a Southern California military base, and investigators sought the ...

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 M...

ATF Chief Under Fire From GOP: We Made A Mistake

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that in at least one instance during a now-controversial g...

Chief GOP Critic Of ATF Gun Trafficking Program Was Briefed On It Last Year, Raised No Objections

Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

Following criticism from Republicans over a controversial gun-trafficking program, Kenneth Melson, the acting chief of the ATF, is facing pressure to ...

ATF Chief Pressured To Resign Over Gun Trafficking Scandal

Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics

Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, is facing pressure to resign over a controversial gun-tra...

ATF Chief Reportedly To Be Ousted Over Controversial Gun Trafficking Operation

Wall Street Journal | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department is expected to oust the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to people familiar with the ...

ATF Agents Say They Were Ordered To Stand By And Watch As Guns Were Sent To Mexico

Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON -- U.S. firearms agents told lawmakers on Wednesday they were instructed to only watch as hundreds of guns were b...

Venice Gang Sting Leads To 19 Arrests

Venice, CA Patch | Samantha Page | Email the Author | 3:07pm | Posted 07.04.2011 | Los Angeles

A four-month sting operation in the Venice area has resulted in 19 arrests, several of which were made early Wednesday morning in a coordinated raid o...

Gun Shy: Firearms Dealer Worried ATF Would Let Weapons Slip To Bad Guy

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

The Huffington Post is a sponsor of the Center for Public Integrity An Arizona gun dealer pressed by federal agents to continue selling weapons to su...

Shooting Blanks: The Ailing Fight Against Gun Trafficking

The Center for Public Integrity | John Solomon, David Heath, Ricardo Sandoval Palos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Jan. 14, 2010, federal border patrol agents stopped two men driving a car through the border-crossing town of Columbus, New Mexico. Inside the vehi...

Undercover at an Arizona Gun Show

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael R. Bloomberg

How difficult is it for criminals, the mentally ill, and drug abusers to buy guns in Arizona? We sent undercover investigators with hidden cameras to find out, and the answer is: not difficult at all.

Weapon Smuggling

AP | KEN RITTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

LAS VEGAS — Federal agents seized five pounds of C-4 military explosives from the Colorado home of a man accused with a Navy SEAL and a Las Vega...

Obama and Guns: The End of Appeasement?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

For two years, the guiding principle of the administration's approach to gun violence has boiled down to, "Don't rile up the gun guys!" But for the first time since taking office, the president seems ready to do the right thing on guns.

Gun Dealers and Gun Crime: The Truth Is Out

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

If the "reformers" want to argue for weakening, rather than strengthening, regulation of gun dealers, then let's put all the data on the table. Let the gun lobby make its case. But suppression of the data itself is nothing but a policy of government-enforced ignorance.

Right Wing Militias and the NRA: Second Amendment Soulmates

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In America, the threat of terrorism is real, but it does not originate with Al Qaeda alone. The danger of homegrown right wing political violence is just as real.

White House Talk on Mexican Gun Violence Is Cheap

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

The former mayor of Santiago, Mexico Edelmiro Cavasos, is one of 28,000 Mexicans who have died over the past four years in drug-gang-fueled violence, which has some of its roots in the weak gun laws of the U.S.

A Leaderless ATF Chooses the Wrong Target

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

While the ATF announces it will fight terrorist enemies' access to our cigarette supply, the agency continues to sit out the debate about the background check system that enables terror suspects to buy all the guns they want.

Obama Gun Policy: Fear and Fallacy

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

There is no question that we need to devote far more resources to enforcing federal gun laws. But it is a transparent fallacy to argue that deficiencies in enforcing current laws justify inaction to strengthen those laws.

Law Enforcement to Congress: Require Background Checks for Gun Sales

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

We need partners in every community; and we need elected officials, in Congress and in state legislatures, to stop catering to special interests and instead act in the public interest to reduce the terrible, and escalating, risk of gun violence in America.

Future of Guns Laws After McDonald

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Even after the landmark Supreme Court decisions that gave individuals across the country a right to have a gun in the home for self-defense, the gun lobby still isn't happy.

ATF Cigarette Stings: Government Puts 250 Million Illegal Cigarettes On Street

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Undercover ATF agents in Virginia have funneled more than 250 million cigarettes onto the nation's streets in the past three...

US Drug Raids: Police Arrest More Than 300 Involved In Mexican Drug Cartel

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT and SEAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

OKLAHOMA CITY — In the largest single strike at Mexican drug operations in the U.S., authorities arrested more than 300 people in a sting that d...