July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve B. Todd Jones as director of the ATF, but questions about his management style coupled with opposition by the powerful gun lobby could endanger his chances to clear the full Senate next week. Those obstacles surfaced during committee debate. The panel approved him on a strict party-line vote of 10 to 8, and the panel's leading Republican, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, said two ongoing investigations into Jones' tenure as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota needed further review before he should be considered competent to run the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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January 15, 2008 |
Rex D. Davis, 83, a former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who presided over ATF's transition into an independent bureau, died Jan. 7 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., of complications from a colon infection, the Washington Post reported. Davis joined what is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 1949. He became a "revenuer" -- staking out moonshiners in the woods at night, raiding stills and smashing barrels of moonshine with an ax. He became director of the ATF in 1970.
September 11, 2011 |
In the fall of 2009, ATF agents installed a secret phone line and hidden cameras in a ceiling panel and wall at Andre Howard's Lone Wolf gun store. They gave him one basic instruction: Sell guns to every illegal purchaser who walks through the door. For 15 months, Howard did as he was told. To customers with phony IDs or wads of cash he normally would have turned away, he sold pistols, rifles and semiautomatics. He was assured by the ATF that they would follow the guns, and that the surveillance would lead the agents to the violent Mexican drug cartels on the Southwest border.
July 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire.
March 10, 2011 |
Lawmakers in Mexico are demanding an investigation into a U.S. law enforcement operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to flow into the hands of Mexican drug cartels amid claims from a ranking legislator that at least 150 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by guns trafficked by smugglers under the watch of U.S. agents. U.S. authorities say manpower shortages and the high number of weapons sold resulted in their losing track of hundreds of guns, from pistols to .50-caliber sniper rifles, though a federal agent deeply involved in the Phoenix-based operation said it was "impossible" that U.S. authorities did not know the weapons were headed for Mexico.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who took over the agency in its meltdown with the Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, ran into opposition Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration as permanent director. Disturbed by allegations that B. Todd Jones had mismanaged his other current role as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, Republicans said they hoped to block or delay his appointment until an internal investigation into his leadership of that office could be completed.