Friday, January 11, 2013
On Thursday, Vice President Biden sketched out early hints of what gun control reform might look like. One potential reform concerns something that you might mistakenly assume already exists: a central database of gun transactions in the US, maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The NRA has blocked all such efforts in the past. New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg tells Bob why the ATF's record-keeping on gun sales is actually incredibly antiquated.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
It’s been 6 years since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last had a permanent director. But in the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, more and more questions are being asked about why this government agency isn’t more equipped or successful at fulfilling its mission to curb gun violence. Jerry Nunziato, former head of the National Tracing Center and a retired special agent of the ATF for 29 years, explains what's at stake.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
The government agency charged with regulating the gun trade continues to lack a leader, despite the rash of recent shootings in the country.
Monday, August 06, 2012
A New York State Senator plans to introduce six new pieces of gun control legislation this week, which if passed would make New York the state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. But gun control advocates caution that lax laws in other states would still pose a threat.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Federal data show most guns recovered from New York crimes last year originated in states with fewer legal restrictions, though the largest single source is still New York, where nearly 1,600 were first purchased.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, reporter Katherine Eban broke down her breakthrough investigation into the root cause of the Fast and Furious "gun-walking" scandal.
Monday, July 02, 2012
The title 'Fast and Furious' has come to mean more than the popular street-racing movie. It's now synonymous with a scandal that implicates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives (ATF) in a world of “rivalry, murder and political bloodlust." But following a six-month investigation, an article by Katherine Eban in Fortune revealed that many of the allegations brought by accusers against the ATF are unfounded and built on lies.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' controversial Fast and Furious program took another hit yesterday as Kenneth E. Melson, the acting director of the program’s Phoenix office, stepped down along with the U.S. Attorney in Arizona, Dennis K. Burke. The two were implicated in an ongoing investigation into the undercover operation that allegedly allowed for thousands of guns to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The United States may be behind the drug-related violence in Mexico, more than we think. According to a new Congressional report released yesterday, more than 70 percent of the guns detained in Mexico the past two years, originated in the U.S. On top of this, the ATF is under fire for reportedly supplying more than a 1,000 illegal firearms to gun traffickers in Mexico, in an operation called "Fast and Furious." They hoped selling the guns to "straw purchasers," would lead them to the crime organizations. Unfortunately, many of these guns were lost track of, and some were even tied to the shooting of an American border patrol officer.