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ATF's Fast and Furious scandal

A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the operation, has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

  • Gun control at the border

    The Obama administration has taken a a small but significant step that could help federal authorities keep weapons sold in the U.S. out of the hands of Mexican gangs and drug cartels.

  • U.S. to require more gun-buyer information in border states

    Gun dealers in states bordering Mexico will have to report whenever they sell more than two semiautomatic rifles to someone in a five-day period.

  • More U.S. agencies implicated in Mexico gun-trafficking probe

    More U.S. agencies implicated in Mexico gun-trafficking probe

    The head of the ATF says the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration never told him they had informant relationships with Mexican drug cartel figures targeted by Operation Fast and Furious.

  • Democrats seek crackdown on gun trafficking

    Democrats seek crackdown on gun trafficking

    Reps. Elijah Cummings and Carolyn Maloney seek tighter restrictions to combat sales that supply Mexican drug cartels. Republicans say the move is meant to distract attention from the ATF's troubled Fast and Furious operation.

  • ATF and Congress under the gun

    ATF and Congress under the gun

    The agency failed in a border operation that let guns fall into criminals' hands. But Congress has failed to adopt sensible laws to prevent mass 'straw purchases' of arms destined for use in crimes.

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