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Video: Meet New Head of ATF in St. Paul, Find Out His Plan to Curb Gun Crimes

Steve Neavling

KSTP ABC News interviewed ATF Chief Scott Sweetow about his plans for curtailing gun crimes.

Reporter Steve Teller interviewed Sweetow about his expectations for the office.

Watch the entire video here.



Kind Words Flow for Slain Ex-ATF Official Gregory Holley Sr.

Gregory Lee Holley Sr.

By Allan Lengel

DETROIT — The tragic death of Gregory Holley Sr., a former ATF official killed in a robbery in Northern Virginia on Wednesday,has triggered an outpouring of kind words.

On a Facebook page created for him, some commented on the loss including Mike Morrissey, who formerly headed the Detroit ATF office.

Morrissey wrote:

“Greg was a good friend and dedicated family man. It was my honor and priviledge to have worked with him in the Detroit Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Greg was my Assistant and I recommended him for the Special Agent in Charge position when I retired. I was most impressed by his dedication and commitment to his God and his family. I am so saddened by his tragic and untimely death and my prayers and my thoughts go to his family and friends. May God be merciful to you in this time of mourning and may His peace be upon you as you navigate through this period of life. Thanks Greg for what you did for the men and women of this nation and for being such a great example of faith. I will miss you but I will look forward to our reunion in heaven.”

Shana Robinson wrote:

“Such a quiet spirited man, a warm smile, and friendly hello is how I will remember Bro. Greg. I am shocked and saddened by this senseless tragedy. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and may God be your comforter and strengthen you during this time of grief. God Bless, We love you!!!”

A memorial service is set for Thursday at 7:00pm at Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA.


Ex-ATF Official Gregory Lee Holley Sr. Fatally Shot in Suburban D.C. Robbery

Gregory Lee Holley Sr.

By Allan Lengel
A former ATF agent, who headed up the Detroit office several years ago, was robbed and fatally shot on Wednesday night in suburban D.C., WUSA9 reports.

The station reported that Gregory Lee Holley Sr., 55, of Woodbridge,Va. was shot while he was walking his dog around 9:40 p.m.

When police got to the scene they found Holley on the ground.

Holley was a long time employee of ATF. He began his Federal career with IRS, then later began his ATF career as a Special Agent in Chicago.

He was promoted to Atlanta as a group supervisor and subsequently returned to Chicago in that same position.

He spent several years at ATF Headquarters as a Program Manager and Branch Chief, and was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge and then Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division.

SA Holley was subsequently transferred back to Headquarters in 2003, and went to work for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in 2005, retiring 2009.

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Bungled ATF Operation Raises More Questions Than Answers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Nestled on a residential street in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, a new business popped up last year.

They called it Fearless Distributing.

But it wasn’t real, and it had nothing to do with distribution. It was a setup by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a sting operation designed to lure criminals who wanted to peddle drugs and guns.

And it was seriously botched.

In a damning report last week, the Journal Sentinel’s John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge revealed an operation so bungled it would have been comedic if it hadn’t been so serious.

To read more click here.

ATF Must Rely on Antiquated Measures to Trace Shootings

Steve Neavling 

Tracking down shootings is nothing like it is on TV.

In fact, the ATF is barred from keeping track of guns under a federal law, the Associated Press reports.

It’s illegal to even search for a gun unless it’s used in a crime.

“It’s not CSI, and it’s not a sophisticated computer system,” Charles J. Houser, who runs the ATF’s National Tracing Center in Martinsburg, W. Va., said of tracing guns.

Searches begin when police turn over information on the gun.

Then ATF officials pinpoint the gun dealer with more information on the buyer.


Ex-Head of the Minneapolis FBI Attacks B. Todd Jones’ ATF nomination

Todd Jones

Minneapolis Star Tribune staff writers
A former director of the Minneapolis FBI office sent a letter this week to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee denouncing B. Todd Jones’ performance as U.S. attorney in Minnesota as they prepare to consider his nomination to director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Donald E. Oswald, 54, a self-declared Democrat and supporter of President Obama, said he felt “morally compelled” to alert the committee about what he describes as Jones’ “atrocious professional reputation within the federal law enforcement community” in Minnesota.

“He was, and still remains, a significant impediment for federal law enforcement to effectively protect the citizens of Minnesota from violent gang, drug and gun activities,” Oswald wrote in an eight-page, single-spaced letter.

Oswald said he decided to go public with his concerns because active law enforcement officers in Minnesota are afraid to do so.

To read the full story click here.

Some Congressional Members Calling for Probe of Botched ATF Sting Operation in Milwaukee

Steve Neavling 

Federal officials are calling for an investigation into ATF after a flawed sting operation in Milwaukee, the Associated Press reports.

The ATF raided a storefront operation in search of felons committing drug and gun offenses but never made a major arrest.

During the raid of Fearless Distributing, which sold designer clothing, drug paraphernalia, athletic shoes and jewelry, the ATF left behind a military-style machine gun and appears to be responsible for $35,000 in stolen merchandise from the store, the AP wrote.

The ATF shut down the store but left behind a document listing names, vehicles and phone numbers of undercover agents, the AP wrote.

That’s just the beginning of blunders the ATF made, according to the AP.

Gun Lobby Makes It Difficult for President Obama to Appoint New ATF Director

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling 

The gun lobby is making it difficult for President Obama find a new permanent director of the ATF, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Obama had to give up  on his previous nomination Andrew Traver, who headed the ATF office in Chicago, after pressure from the gun lobby made it impossible to get Senate confirmation.

Since 2006, when a confirmation was required, the gun lobby has blocked every nomination, the Tribune reported.

The new nominee is B. Todd Jones, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota who has been acting director of ATF since 2011.

Jones is facing fierce opposition from the Senate because of his ties to the failed gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious.