Ex-ATF officials says bump-stock OK was mistake

The bump stock, shown above in Orem, Utah, is a device when installed allows a semi-automatic to fire at a rapid rate much like a fully automatic gun. The bump stock, shown above in Orem, Utah, is a device when installed allows a semi-automatic to fire at a rapid rate much like a fully automatic gun.

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn’t know if it can

President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to work toward banning rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year's Las Vegas massacre - but officials aren't sure they can. Trump's surprise order this week comes as officials from the department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are well into a review of whether they can regulate the devices without action from Congress.

Trump seeks ban on gun modifications like bump stocks

President Trump signed a memorandum instructing the attorney general to regulate the use of bump stocks, effectively banning the use of the devices that can allow rifles to mimic automatic weapons. Trump made the announcement at a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House for firefighters and police officers - some of whom had intervened in shooting incidents.

ATF-CMPD operation underway

An operation is underway with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Task Force. A press conference is expected to be held Tuesday at 1 p.m., where more details are expected to be released.

Low-key prosecutor escapes GOP fury as Trump winds whirl

In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Dana Boente, then First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, speaks outside federal court in Alexandria, Va. Boenete, an understated career federal prosecutor, has found himself at the epicenter of several of the Trump administration's biggest controversies.

Oakland man allegedly shoots man he believed had killed his sister

OAKLAND >> A man charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting the person he thought had killed his sister was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in federal prison, after he admitted to selling stolen guns throughout the East Bay. Diontae Valentine, who pleaded guilty to stolen gun possession and selling guns without a license, was one of eight Oakland men indicted on federal conspiracy and gun trafficking charges in December 2016, after an investigation by the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

35,000 people comment on federal review of rapid-fire bump stocks, device used in Las Vegas massacre

The federal agency that regulates firearms received more than 35,000 comments on the legality of "bump stocks," the rapid-fire device used by the Las Vegas shooter that allows a semi-automatic gun to fire at nearly automatic rates. The online comments included dozens from Texans during the one-month commenting period - part of the Bureau Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' process to review whether bump stocks fall into the definition of a "machine gun."

Heroin, cocaine, cash and guns seized in Holyoke

A coordinated drug bust involving local, state and federal law enforcement officers resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,500 bags of heroin, cocaine, cash and two stolen handguns in Holyoke early Thursday evening. According to a news release from Holyoke Police Lt.

Several suspects wanted for stealing 13 firearms from Md. armory new

Law enforcement officials are looking for the suspects who stole around 13 firearms from an armory in Hanover, Maryland, on Sunday. Around 6:19 a.m. Sunday in Hanover Armory at 1327 Ashton Road, four people stole firearms, including handguns and rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore Field Division said in a news release.

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo speaks from the bench in Chicago. A question raised nationwide about whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of landmark hearings in Chicago.A rare panel of federal trial judges including Castillo begins two days of hearings Thursday Dec. 14, 2017, on the stings.

Police guns are turning up in crimes

Month after month, new victims emerged: a woman killed in a mall parking lot, two toddlers accidentally shot outside a Chuck E. Cheese's, seven shot in a drive-by in a residential neighborhood. The 2016 murder rate was a 15-year high .

Federal charges levied against man found not guilty in murder of Kate Steinle

A federal grand jury issued an indictment on Tuesday against Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, the undocumented immigrant who was acquitted on state charges of murder and manslaughter last week in the shooting of Kate Steinle. The Mexican national will now face new immigration and gun charges as announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions; Attorney for the Northern District of California Brian Stretch; and Jill Snyder, special agent in charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives .

Editorial: Paterson able to see some progress on gun seizures

When a city that's seen more than its share of depressing headlines concerning violent crime over the last several years gets an encouraging word on the same subject, it is worth noting. Last week, the front page of The Record and Herald News carried the headline: " Paterson seizures of guns on rise: Doubled since 2011, report says.

Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record. Sessions said the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by Devin Kelley, a former Air Force serviceman who had a 2012 conviction for domestic assault, showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

Remains of 2 residents found after senior center fire

This photo provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows an aerial of Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Authorities struggled Friday to account for the whereabouts of all the residents of a Pennsylvania senior living community after a massive blaze tore through their complex during the middle of the night, injuring nearly 30 and leading to a chaotic evacuation.

Ohio officer who lied about being shot while on duty pleads guilty

A former Newcomerstown police officer accused of lying about being shot on duty causing a manhunt for a fictional suspect pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the incident. One count of inducing panic, a felony of the fifth degree; One count of making false alarms, a felony of the fifth degree; Two counts of tampering with evidence, felonies of the third degree; One count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree; and One count of workers' compensation fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

A bump stock device is shown on a semi-automatic rifle at a gun store in Salt Lake City.

One of America's leading and most controversial gun-accessory makers says it will resume sales Tuesday of a device known as a "bump stock." Bump stocks dramatically accelerate the rate-of-fire of semi-automatic rifles, allowing them to shoot almost as fast as fully-automatic machine guns, which are far more tightly regulated and expensive in the U.S. Slide Fire, a company based in Moran, Texas, suspended sales of its bump stock line of products in early October.

Photo courtesy of the ATF The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms…

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Murfreesboro police and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of guns from On Target in Murfreesboro. On Target at 915 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro was burglarized Nov. 3 and about 24 guns were reported stolen to Murfreesboro police.

Gunman kills at least 26 in shooting at Baptist church in South Texas: authorities

A man opened fire inside of a Baptist church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people and wounding others, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police.

Woman’s lawsuit: Sig Sauer fired me for reporting illegal gun shipment

A Dover woman has filed a federal whistleblower suit against Sig Sauer claiming she was fired from her job, as compliance director for the local gunmaker, after reporting an unlawful shipment of firearms to an end user described as the "Indonesian way of spelling Ministry of Defense." Through Portsmouth attorney John Sherman, Patricia Hall-Cloutier filed the three-count lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire alleging violation of whistleblower protection, wrongful termination and Family Medical Leave Act retaliation.

ATF, NSSF offer reward for NY firearms theft

New York Field Division Reward Notice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF ATF, NSSF Offer Up to $15,000 for Information About Burglary of Target Sports The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation have offered a combined reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the burglary of firearms from federally licensed firearms dealer Target Sports, located at 122 Saratoga Road, Glenville, New York.

ATF offers $7,000 reward in Smyrna gun store theft

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a substantial reward to anyone who can help them crack the Guns N More case. A burglary crew smashed the windows and display cases at the gun store on Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna October 18. Anyone with information could get $7,000.

Undercover ATF agent and federal task force officer testify in second day of first Twin Peaks trial

An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms or explosives was the second person to take the stand in the first trial of a biker indicted in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout on Thursday. Christopher Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activities for the shooting that took place more than two years ago outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

City Council hears appeal from citizen

VAN WERT City Council met on Monday and heard from Stephen Letson, a citizen who approached Council to appeal the zoning board's decision to decline his request to run a small business from his home. Letson has been selling guns and wanted to become licensed.

GOP senators call on ATF for new bump fire stock guidance

At least 12 of the weapons found in Stephen Paddock's Las Vegas hotel room were outfitted with bump stocks, which allowed the semi-automatic weapons to mimic the gunfire of automatic ones. - Nine Republican senators sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday asking the agency to review its policy on bump fire stocks, a firearm accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire more like automatic ones.

Former Dallas County constable, 2 others, charged with 14 counts of identity theft

A former Dallas County constable is facing 14 counts of identity theft after authorities found printing machines and social security numbers inside a Selma hotel room, District Attorney Michael Jackson said. Demario Benjamin, along with Christopher Ford and Markus Gloss, were arrested after the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireworks and Explosives and the Fourth Circuit Drug Tasks Force executed a search warrant at a room at Selma Hotel on West Highland Avenue.

Thompson leads efforts to ban gun accessory that made Vegas shooter more lethal

Congressman Mike Thompson on Thursday led a letter to President Trump, urging him to take action to prohibit “bump stocks,” the accessory that allowed the Las Vegas shooter's semi-automatic weapons to function as fully automatic weapons, his office announced. The Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force joined the task force's 13 co-chairs in signing the letter, they said.

Lawmakers are zeroing in on ‘bump stock’ devices after the Las Vegas…

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In the wake of Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, lawmakers and gun-control advocates have turned their focus toward a little-known but powerful device police say the gunman used on his weapons: the "bump stock." Authorities say the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock , had affixed bump stocks to at least 12 of the 23 firearms they later recovered from his room.

Vegas sparks gun controversy

Shootings like Las Vegas spark controversy over the use of guns across the country. Right now, people are calling out for more laws to go into effect banning more and more styles of guns.

Brad Whitehead of Manchester, England fires a full-automatic

Sunday's mass shooting is unlikely to slow down business at gun ranges that offer tourists the chance to fire fully-automatic firearms. Tourists in Las Vegas like renting and firing machine guns Sunday's mass shooting is unlikely to slow down business at gun ranges that offer tourists the chance to fire fully-automatic firearms.

Joint task force rids streets of drugs and firearms

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly invited Historic City News to attend a press conference Friday morning with members of ATF, FDLE, Northeast Florida HIDTA, the Bunnell Police Department, the US Attorney's Office, and State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, R. J. Larizza, to announce the outcome of Operation Heat Seeker.

Man caught at traffic stop with automatic weapons, 900 rounds of ammo

Federal agents are trying to determine why a man pulled over for speeding in Tennessee was carrying a cache of weapons including two submachine guns and 900 rounds of ammunition. Deputies found Scott Edmisten, 43, of Johnson City, carrying a .357-caliber Magnum, a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic, a .223-caliber fully automatic assault rifle, a .308-caliber fully automatic assault rifle, more than 900 rounds of ammunition, and survival equipment, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said.

No federal gun control for new silencer-muzzleloader

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There's a new firearm on the market with an attached silencer that is not covered by federal gun control laws because it's not considered a gun and it's not considered a silencer. The Maxim 50 from SilencerCo, a silencer manufacturer in Utah, is a .50-caliber muzzleloader, a modern version of the single-shot muskets used in the Revolutionary War.

How the government can steal your stuff: 6 questions about civil asset forfeiture answered

Editor's note: Should someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his assets? Known as civil asset forfeiture, this practice might sound like a wise policy. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress are challenging the Trump administration's embrace of the arrangement, which strips billions of dollars a year from Americans - who often have not been charged with a crime.

Couple facing arson, drug charges

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FBI investigating Minneapolis-area bombing targeting mosque

The FBI on Sunday said an improvised explosive device caused damage at an Islamic mosque and community center in the Minnesota city of Bloomington. During a press conference Saturday evening, the FBI appealed for public information to help determine who caused the explosion early Saturday at the Dar Al Farooq Community Center and why.

More than 100 shot in Chicago during long Fourth of July weekend

A Chicago police officer attends a news conference announcing the department's plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young A total of 101 people were shot in Chicago over an unusually violent Fourth of July weekend, leaving at least 14 dead, according to police and local media, as the city continues to grapple with gun crime.

In Chicago, gun deaths take no holiday

Chicago again -- as in recent years -- celebrated a bloody Fourth of July weekend, with at least six homicides and nearly 40 shootings, according to police. Those numbers don't include the Tuesday holiday, when more revelers pour onto the humid streets.

Assault weapon in hospital shooting was ‘lawfully transferred’: ATF

The assault rifle used by a doctor to kill one and injure several others in a New York City hospital last Friday was "lawfully transferred" to the shooter from a gun shop in upstate New York, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Law enforcement sources said Dr. Henry Bello hid the gun -- identified by law enforcement sources as an AR-15 -- under his white lab coat and then opened fire in Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, where he used to work.

ATF promotes fireworks safety

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wants the public to be safe during the Fourth of July. Understanding the dangers associated with illegal or improperly used/manufactured fireworks can prevent severe injuries, disfigurement, or even death.

‘Full Measure’: Fast and Furious new

It's one of the longest running Congressional investigations of our time: the probe into 'Fast and Furious', the government's secret operation to allow thousands of weapons to be trafficked to Mexico's killer drug cartels.

Top StoryMS-13 gang targeted in pre-dawn sweep across Los Angeles

ATF agents prepare for a raid in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum early Wednesday morning, May 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the violent and brutal street gang MS-13.

Larry Klayman v. President of the United States of America Deputy…

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LARRY E. KLAYMAN, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, c/o U.S. Department of Justice Attn: Attorney General Loretta Lynch 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530, Defendants-Appellees.

Mexico to extradite gunman wanted over ‘Fast and Furious’ slaying

Mexico's government said on Thursday it planned to extradite the man accused of pulling the trigger in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a case tied to the U.S. government's ill-fated "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting. MEXICO CITY: Mexico's government said on Thursday it planned to extradite the man accused of pulling the trigger in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a case tied to the U.S. government's ill-fated "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting.

Number of firearms stolen from gun stores spiked in 2016, finds new ATF report

The number of firearms stolen during gun store burglaries was up nearly 59 percent from 4,721 in 2015 to 7,488 in 2016, according to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives' annual Federal Firearms Licensee Theft/Loss report released Tuesday. "It's a lot of guns in one place and one they [criminals] realize instead of having to find one gun on street corner or a dark alley they can go to a place where there's a lot of guns, and quite honestly, I think the word gets out," said Kevin O'Keefe, chief of the ATF's Operational Intelligence Division.

Gun thefts spiked in 2016, federal report says

More than 9,200 firearms were stolen from federally licensed dealers last year, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The figure represents a sharp increase from the year before - up nearly 51%, from 6,163 firearms stolen in 2015 - and continues a four-year uptick.

Judicial Watch Sues the ATF for Records Related to Attempted…

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives , a component of the Department of Justice, seeking records of communications related to a proposed reclassification that would effectively ban certain types of AR-15 ammunition as armor-piercing. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ).

Prosecutor: 3-year-old accidentally shot 1-year-old, woman charged with helping father flee

A 3-year-old accidentally shot a 17-month-old girl in her stomach inside a West Price Hill home Monday, a Hamilton County assistant prosecutor revealed in court Tuesday. Bond was set at $145,000 in a brief hearing for the 1-year-old's father, Cortez Reed, 27. He faces four charges in connection with his daughter's shooting: endangering children, obstructing official business, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

Fire officials inspect a side door where an arson took place at the Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Fla., Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Officials from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office, Fire Department and ATF talk outside the Daarus Salaam Mosque in Thonotosassa, Fla., after an arson there early Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

Gun silencers: Safety device or marketing ploy?

Gun silencers: Safety device or marketing ploy? Ed Hughes attributes a good chunk of his hearing loss to his hobbies: hunting and competitive shooting. Check out this story on ydr.com: http://on-ydr.co/2lyKdbS The Freedom Armory Machine Works' Grenadier suppressor adds 8.5 inches on a .45 pistol.

Federal agents recall Branch Davidian shootout 24 years ago

Nearly 24 years after the Branch Davidian standoff began near Waco, some federal agents are opening up about their experiences that resulted in the worst day in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ultimately the deaths of some 70 people inside the compound more than seven weeks later. ATF Agent Gary Orchowski tells the Houston Chronicle he's decided he owes it to the four agents killed that day to tell the story.

Couple Loses 2 Children in Deadly Fire, Months After Blaze Claimed Their First Home

A couple recovering from a fire that saw their Georgia home destroyed was struck by devastating tragedy this week when a second blaze in as many years claimed not only their house, but two of their young children , authorities said. Michael Reeves and Chassity Carter had no choice but to rebuild when a fire that broke out in May left their mobile home inhabitable, ultimately parking a camper trailer on the same Brunswick lot for the family of five to live in.

Drug dealer blackmail award-winning pub jailed three years

Furious Trump slams 'so-called' judge's decision to controversially halt his immigration order in morning Twitter tirade and claims 'certain Middle Eastern countries AGREE with the ban' BREAKING NEWS: Police arrest boyfriend, 25, of Texas college student, 22, missing since October after human remains were found in a shallow grave Is Trump ALREADY sending the 'feds' into Chicago? ATF is asking agents to transfer to the city to form a 'Crime Guns Strike Force' after president announced a crackdown on violence Revealed: Secret list of Netflix codes that will help you watch your favorite TV shows and films no matter where you live California sex offender, 48, who kidnapped and murdered four women over six-month span despite being tagged with a GPS monitoring device is sentenced to death Iran is set to 'showcase its power' with a missile test just a day after President Donald Trump imposed ... (more)

ATF seeking sharp increase of agents in Chicago

SEPTEMBER 16: Armed ATF agents stage on the 11th Street Bridge adjacent to the Navy Yard complex where a shooting took place early this morning September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. Early reports indicate that several people may have been shot, and police are still trying to determine the number of suspects involved in the shooting.

Federal agency considers bolstering force in Chicago to fight crime

A U.S. law enforcement agency is considering transferring some federal agents to Chicago to combat violence in the nation's third-largest city, where homicides last year reached a 20-year high, a spokesman for the agency said on Friday. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman David Coulson declined to specify how many agents might be sent to Chicago, saying in an email "this continues to be fluid."

a Fedsa That Trump Wants to Send to Chicago Are Already There

A tweet by President Trump Tuesday night signaled curbing violence in Chicago is near the top of his to-do list: "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on I will send in the Feds!" But when pressed by ABC News' David Muir on what that means in an exclusive interview, Trump offered no specifics. "I want them to fix the problem.

The Bill Goodman Gun & Knife Show, coming to the Wilson County Expo Center, draws huge crowds.

The nationally-famous Bill Goodman Gun & Knife Show will be held at the Wilson County Expo Center Jan., 28-29 after being forced out at the State Fairgrounds in Nashville amid what the show's organizer calls false accusations. "Let's start with the so-called 'gun show loophole'," says David Goodman, whose late father founded the Kentucky-based trade show 49 years ago and has made annual appearances at the Fairgrounds for 35 years.

Chief: Fire department unaware of Oakland warehouse concerns

Complaints mounted about the cluttered warehouse converted into an illegal artists' colony before a deadly blaze ripped through earlier this month, but few - if any - made it to the Oakland Fire Department. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said Tuesday there are no city records showing her department receiving concerns about the building , which former residents, neighbors and others say was the subject of numerous calls to 911.

Oakland warehouse fire: ATF concludes work, leaves site

The local field division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Sunday that its team has completed work at the scene of the lethal Dec. 2 Oakland warehouse fire that claimed 36 lives. The team left the fire's site in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue, but it is still being secured, according to a statement late Sunday afternoon from ATF spokeswoman Alexandria Corneiro.

Official: Refrigerator ruled out as source of Oakland fire

A pair of Oakland fire officials walk past the remains of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Ghost Ship Warehouse Had Makeshift Stairwell and No Evidence of Smoke Detectors, Officials Say

The California warehouse where a horrific fire left dozens of people dead did not have any evidence of smoke detectors, was equipped with a makeshift stairwell and had no exits on the second floor, officials said Wednesday. The officials described a terrifying scene that played out as fire ripped through the building, known as the Ghost Ship, on Dec. 2, with people inside the darkened structure overcome by smoke as the building's only exit was blocked by flames.

ATF charges two with gun trafficking in West End

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alleges a New York man with ties to the West End came to the Richmond-area by bus to pick up "Mac and Ruger guns," purchased for him at a gun show illegally. The ATF says they were going after Jake Knight for trafficking in firearms.

ATF Notes Selling, Manufacturing of Explosives Not New to RGV

WESLACO Several people are charged in connection with the manufacturing and distribution of explosive devices in the Rio Grande Valley. The Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint that said six people are in custody for purchasing, constructing and selling grenades and improvised explosive devices.

Bay police chiefa s widow implicated in payroll fraud investigation

The City Council implicated the widow of former Police Chief Mike De Nardo in a payroll fraud investigation Tuesday when the councilmen decided to file a notice of a potential claim against her surety bond. In a unanimous decision, the councilmen directed City Attorney Trent Favre to issue a claim notice against the surety bond for Patricia De Nardo on the grounds of "payroll fraud," Councilman Lonnie Falgout said.

Envelope Bomb That Injured Philadelphia Gay Man Thought to Be Sent in Domestic Dispute: WATCH

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A sophisticated explosive device stuffed into an envelope sent to Philadelphia Center City resident James Alden may have been placed by someone in a domestic dispute, police say. The device sent Alden to surgery with wounds on his face, torso, and hand and created an explosion that was heard for blocks in the neighborhood.

ATF doubles down on marijuana gun ban, adds more explicit warning to firearm purchase form

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has long had an existing ban on gun sales to anyone who uses marijuana . The ban was upheld in a controversial 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in August; A medical marijuana patient in Nevada said the ban violated the Second Amendment, but the 9th Circuit unanimously agreed that pot and other drug use "raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated."

Dan K. Thomasson: FBIa s screw-up cana t go ignored

It's still to be determined how much impact, if any, the FBI's unprecedented last-minute actions had on Hillary Clinton's performance with presidential election voters, who this past week opted to elect her opponent, Donald Trump. What certainly is, however, is whether the bureau as a whole or its director, James Comey, are allowed to skate in what was one of the most bizarre and outrageous missteps in the history of the nation's top law enforcement agency - a flagrant abuse of its own policies and proprieties that clearly had the potential for seriously damaging Clinton's chances.

Federal fire investigators in Beaufort are an experienced group with varied skills

A federal team of fire investigators and special agents in Beaufort to probe the scene of a Saturday morning fire is an experienced group with varied skills. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent about 20 investigators and agents to help determine the cause of the blaze that burned the new Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce building on Bladen Street.

ATF documents from Fresno raid: How a toy became a machine pistol

Arms experts say the Turkish-made Zoraki 925 has been converted from a blank-firing gun to a real sub-machine gun by criminal gangs in the Middle East, Europe and Canada. According to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Jesus Velazquez conducted business as a gun merchant from the Third Street Barber Shop in southeast Fresno.

GOP office in N.C. firebombed, vandalized police say

The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and "flammable material" in a bottle was thrown through a window starting a fire inside, police said in an email. Graffiti that said "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police.

What to Know About the Bombs…

Authorities found similarities in the explosive devices recovered in New York and New Jersey, connecting some of the dots between the multiple incidents over the weekend. The bombs in New York and Seaside Park, New Jersey, utilized flip phones, although there were differences in design between the devices.

Hillary Wants To Shut Down Non-Compliant Gun Dealers

In response to a questionnaire given to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Hillary Clinton referenced a Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearm statistic that says many gun dealers do not follow federal gun laws but few have their licenses revoked. "New York has no control over another state's gun laws, so it has to depend on the federal government to enforce federal firearms laws against irresponsible gun dealers across the country.

Clarification to Previous Machinegun Law Letter Alert

In an Alert issued on August 8, 2016 , F.A.I.R. Trade Group notified members of an apparent change in ATF policy on the term of validity of the law enforcement demonstration letters required to be submitted with Form 6 import applications and National Firearms Act transfer applications. The Alert advised that at the recent Import/Export conference held in Washington, DC, ATF officials advised industry members that the law letter required to import and transfer machineguns as dealer sales samples is valid only for a period of six months.


Federal officials say search warrants were executed at several Madison area gas stations Wednesday, after the operators of the locations were confronted with enforcement in the past over the sale of synthetic marijuana. U.S. Attorney for the Western District John Vaudreuil confirms searches took place.

Cartel 2.0: Feds say kingpin ran deadly ring from Facebook

Oscar Macias disappeared in July 2014, a month after he lost a load of methamphetamine prosecutors claim belonged to a fugitive Washington state drug kingpin. Oscar Macias disappeared in July 2014, a month after he lost a load of methamphetamine prosecutors claim belonged to a fugitive Washington state drug kingpin.

a ATF under the gun

ATF agents at a firing range. For decades the agency charged with investigating illegal firearms has been a target for gun rights activists.

Reward offered in Central Park bomb case

Nearly six months after a homemade bomb blew off the foot of a visiting college student in New York's Central Park, investigators have run out of leads. Authorities on Friday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for planting the device.

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Shocker: Gun used in Paris terrorist attack part of Fast and Furious gun walking op

One of the guns used by terrorists to shoot up Paris on November 13 of last year originated in Phoenix,, AZ and was sold illegally as part of the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. A Report of Investigation filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, "off book," Judicial Watch's law enforcement sources confirm.