By John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls, at a hospital, outside a movie theater and on a plane, according to the records, obtained Tuesday by the news organization under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
In December 2009, two 6-year-old boys spotted an agent’s loaded ATF Smith & Wesson .357 on a storm sewer grate in Bettendorf, Iowa. The agent lived nearby and later said he couldn’t find his gun for days but didn’t bother reporting it — until it hit the local newspaper.
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Posted: February 26th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: ATF, glove compartment, Guns, lost
This wasn’t your typical store robbery.
Two crooks stole 36 guns after breaking through the roof of a Phoenix pawn shop, Myfoxphoenix.com reports.
Concerned about where those guns are going, the ATF is offering a reward.
The thieves only swiped handguns.
“They have to acquire guns. Certainly the U.S. is no stranger, the south-west border in particular, for being a gun locker if your will being able to obtain guns here through the secondary market. Though illegally purchasing guns and also stealing guns.” said Tim Mangan with ATF.
Posted: January 31st, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: Arizona, gun robbery, Guns, pawn shop, Phoenix
A Congresswoman is calling for the Justice Department to study the racial impact of “Stand Your Ground” laws, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland, and a group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to AG Eric Holder to plead for more documentation and study of the laws that permit people to use deadly force before retreating. More than two dozens states have laws similar to “Stand Your Ground.”
The letter states that “Stand Your Ground” laws “are contributing to increases in homicides and firearm injuries and are exacerbating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.”
Posted: November 27th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: DOJ, firearms, Guns, Justice Department, race, stand your ground, stock fraud, weapons
Just a month after the FBI arrested its founder, the black market site Silk Road is back up, the Daily Caller reports.
The notorious site, where people could buy drugs, guns and even hit men, relaunched Wednesday with more protections for its customers, who use a currency called Bitcoin to avoid being traced.
“You can never kill the idea of Silk Road,” the new Dread Pirate Roberts tweeted just before the new site’s launch.
The Daily Caller wrote that the encrypted website cannot be easily dismantled by the feds.
After the FBI took over the site, it read “This hidden site has been seized.” On the relaunched site, the phase “seized” was replaced with “risen again.”
Posted: November 7th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: black market, Drugs, FBI, Guns, hitmen, illegal activity, Silk Road
An off-duty FBI agent’s decision to take a gun into an elementary school in Nebraska has prompted debate about addressing the state’s gun law, Omaha World-Herald reports.
A parent at a Papillion elementary school spotted the gun and asked the school board to clarify the law on plainclothes officers carrying weapons.
Nebraska law, which bars weapons from school grounds, makes an exception for on-duty law enforcement, Omaha World-Herald wrote.
What’s unclear is whether off-duty offices can possess guns on school property.
Now local officials are calling on state lawmakers to clarify the law.
Posted: November 4th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: elementary school, gun law, Guns, Nebraska, off-duty agent, Omaha, plainclothes officer
Sometimes the FBI and journalists don’t see eye to eye.
So what’s a better way to nurture that relationship than to host a day at a firing range with reporters in Alabama, AL.com reports?
Journalists and agents gathered Tuesday for FBI Range Day, which gives the media a firsthand look at guns, bombs and explosions.
Reporters from throughout northern Alabama took up arms Tuesday,” AL.com reporter Carol Robinson wrote. “And watched things blow up. And, miraculously, didn’t hurt themselves or each other.”
Posted: October 30th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: bombs, explosions, FBI, FBI Range Day, firing range, Guns, journalists, media, northern Alaska
Hollis Nunnery didn’t let the fact that he was a convicted felon get in the way of posting pictures of himself holding guns on Facebook, WoodTV.com reports.
Nunnery also happened to be the focus of an FBI investigation into bank robberies.
After spotting Nunnery holding a large handgun with a laster site, another handgun and a pistol-gripped shotgun on Facebook, an FBI task force took action.
Nunnery was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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Posted: October 18th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: bank robberies, convicted felon, facebook, FBI, fbi investigation, FBI task force, felon in possession of a firearm, Guns, Hollis Nunnery, laster site
The FBI has received more than 200 complaints from pro-drug advocates after agents raided Silk Road, an online marketplace for drugs, guns and other illicit goods, the Guardian reports.
While attempting to access $80 million worth of Bitcoins accumulated by Silk Road founder, the FBI seized $3.2 million worth of Bitcoins that the city had held in escrow for customers.
The FBI transferred the Bitcoins to blockchain.info so users can still access their Bitcoin accounts, the Guardian wrote.
Users sought retaliation by posting public messages along with minuscule transactions.
One Bitcoin user quoted Thomas Jefferson: “The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Posted: October 8th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Bitcoins, blockchain.info, Drugs, FBI, Guns, pro-drug advocates, Silk Road, Silkroad