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ATF: Connecticut Gunman, Mom Visited Shooting Range Before Friday’s Slaughter

Adam Lanza

Steve Neavling

Shooter Adam Lanza, who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, and his mom visited a shooting range before Friday’s tragic events, the Associated Press reports, citing the ATF.

The agency declined to identify the shooting range or give more specifics

What’s clear, according to the ATF and AP, is that Lanza’s mother, Nancy, practiced firing her weapon at a shooting range several times.

Investigators are trying to determine whether her son ever fired a weapon there.

The AP said Lanza shot his mom four times in the head before unloading his gun at the elementary school.

Family of Border Patrol Agent Slain Along Border Sues Federal Government

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling

The family of a Border Patrol agent killed in a firefight along the Arizona-Mexico is suing federal officials, saying the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation put law enforcement authorities at grave danger, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit is the latest fallout from an investigation that allowed gun-smuggling rings to buy weapons and smuggle them into Mexico in hopes of determine.

But two years ago, one of those weapons was found at the scene where Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded in a firefight.

The suit alleges that federal authorities should have known the investigation would lead to injuries and deaths of civilians and police.

Justice Department Withheld Recommendations on Curtailing Gun Violence Until After November Election

Steve Neavling

The Justice Department compiled a list of ideas to reduce gun violence but it was postponed until after last month’s elections, the Washington Post reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the efforts.

In March 2011, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asked officials to draw up a list of recommendations to reduce gun violence following the shooting of then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., the Post wrote.

Holder’s office worked with ATF, local police gun-control advocates, firearm dealers and experts on the FBI’s Instant Criminal Background Check System, according to the Post.

The recommendations, which need legislative approval, however, were shelved until after the election, sources told the Post.

FBI Denies Helping Police Department in New Jersey Pursue Political Opponents

Steve Neavling 

The FBI is denying claims that it directed an Edison Police Department in New Jersey to investigate opponents of its chief, Thomas Bryan, the Star-Ledger reports.

Union officials made the allegations, saying police were helping the FBI investigate Bryan’s critics and political opponents.

An FBI spokeswoman told the Star-Ledger that the FBI “does not task other individuals to conduct investigations on our behalf.”

The comments follow a two-part Start-Ledger series on serious internal problems at the police department.

Gun Sales Hit Record in 2012; a Spike in Purchases Expected After School Shooting

atf file photo

Steve Neavling 

People are buying guns in record numbers.

The FBI recorded nearly 17 million background checks of gun purchases in 2012, the most since the bureau began compiling the date in 1998, the Huffington Post reports.

Since the background checks don’t include multiple gun purchases, the number of guns sold this year are likely a lot higher, the Huffington Post wrote.

Experts expect last week’s school shooting in Connecticut to cause another spike in gun buys particularly as some members of Congress press to ban assault weapons.

But experts aren’t sure what caused the increase in gun ownership this year, the Huffington Post reported.



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