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ATF Proposes Closing Loophole for People Obtaining Guns though Corporations or Legal Trusts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF is proposing to end a loophole that allows people to obtain weapons such as machine guns though corporations or legal trusts without a background check, Courthouse News Service reports.

Anyone wanting to buy a gun is required to file a photo and fingerprint card with the ATF and a local law enforcement agency.

But that’s not the case “if the applicant or transferee is a partnership, company, association, trust or corporation,” Courthouse News Service reported.

The number of those legal organizations increased from 840 in 2000 to 40,700 in 2012, according to the agency.

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Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.

 

 

It Took a While, But B. Todd Jones Is the New Permanent Director of ATF

Todd Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fair to say, it wasn’t easy getting there.

But after all the political wrangling, B. Todd Jones was sworn in as the new director ATF at a ceremony Thursday at the White House.

With his confirmation, Jones, who was the acting director, becomes the agency’s first permanent director in seven years.

“I congratulate Todd on being sworn in as the first-ever Senate-confirmed Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “I can think of no one better qualified to lead this critical agency, and to reinforce our shared commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in federal law enforcement. For decades, Todd’s career has been shaped by a remarkable dedication to public service, and a steadfast determination to do that which is just and right. I am confident that he will be a superb ATF Director, and look forward to continuing to work with him to protect the American people from violent crime.”

Jones also remarked:

“Today is a historic day for ATF. The agency is now in line with its sister components and has been given the respect it deserves as a federal law enforcement agency with a permanent director. I will lead with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I see daily from the team tasked with protecting our communities from the most violent criminals.”

 

ATF Holds Seminars to Avoid Errors on Paperwork That Jeopardizes Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Make a mistake on paperwork for a gun purchase can prevent authorities from tracking down a killer, the ATF warns, according to WDIO.com.

To avoid mistakes made in the past, the ATF is hosting a series of seminars starting in Minnesota.

ATF Senior Special Agent and Public Information Officer Robert Schmidt the idea is to “get the word out about proper documentation of firearm transactions.”

Improper documentation can kill a case, the ATF warned.

“We may not be able to get correct trace results,” Schmidt said to WDIO.com. “We may not be able to find out who the original purchaser of the firearm was,”

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Prosecutors Allow Defendants to Walk Because of Botched Drug, Gun Case in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s botched sting in Milwaukee last year continues to unravel as the depth of the feds’ mistakes become better known.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported prosecutors have dropped charges against another three defendants charged in an undercover ATF sting.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Karen Loebel said the three cases were dismissed to protect informants who set up the drug and gun deals.

The litany of mistakes continues to grow: Agents used a brain-damaged man to set up the deals. Government-owned guns were stolen from the undercover store front, and a total of $40,000 in merchandise has gone missing, the Journal Sentinel reported.

 

Column: Time for ATF to Reorganize, Focus on Curtailing Gun Violence

 

Todd Jones

By Daily Journal

The gun lobby and its supporters, who have continuously demanded more enforcement against illegal firearms trafficking rather than new restrictions, have given an inch toward backing up their demands by permitting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to have a permanent director for the first time in seven years.

The Senate approved B. Todd Jones to lead the agency. It is now up to the ATF to pull itself together under the long-denied central command and come up with an overall policy for cutting down criminal gun violence.

That won’t be easy, considering roadblocks such as the lack of universal background checks for firearms purchasers of all stripes and in every venue and Congress’ failure to limit the sale of high-powered military weapons or the number of bullets in a clip. But it is a start.

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Mazel Tov! ATF Gets a Permanent Director

Todd Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of Washington’s long standing absurdities came to an end Wednesday.

For seven years, ATF had been unable to get a director confirmed by the Senate, a goal that was often blocked by such gun organizations as the National Rifle Association.

But Wednesday that logjam came to an end.

The Senate, by a vote of 53-42, confirmed acting director B. Todd Jones as the permanent director.

Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post writes:

The National Rifle Association has effectively blocked past nominees to head ATF. But NRA lobbyist Jim Baker said this week that the organization was not going to take a position on Jones and was not using the vote on his nomination to “score” senators, as the organization does with some other votes. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the group that represents firearms manufacturers, also threw its support behind Jones this week.

“While we have at times strongly disagreed with the policy and regulatory positions and interpretations ATF has taken during Mr. Jones’ tenure as acting director, we have never found Mr. Jones himself to be disagreeable,” the NSSF’s general counsel, Lawrence Keane, wrote in a letter Wednesday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). “Under Mr. Jones’ leadership, ATF has always listened to our concerns and issues with an open mind.”

 

GOP Senator’s Changed Vote Puts ATF Nominee on Verge of Confirmation

Todd Jones

By Michael A. Memoli
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON – B. Todd Jones is on the cusp of becoming the first Senate-confirmed director of the ATF on Thursday, after a fierce lobbying effort successfully swayed a single Republican lawmaker to change her vote.

Democrats had expected a close result, but nonetheless were confident they had the votes to ultimately end a Republican filibuster of Jones’ nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when they decided to bring it to the Senate floor this week.

But a dramatic scene began to play out when Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), one of the Republicans that Democrats had expected to break from the minority party, cast an initial no vote. After five other Republicans voted yes and it was clear Murkowski’s would be the decisive vote, the Alaska senator was surrounded in the well of the Senate chamber by senators from both parties, including members of the leadership and the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who could be seen pleading their cases.

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