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Report: Arizona in top 10 states for ‘bad apple’ gun dealers

Arizona is among the top 10 states for “bad apple” gun dealers, the 5 percent of dealers who sold almost 90 percent of the traceable guns later used in crimes across the U.S., a new report says. The state was also the fifth-largest exporter of guns found at crime scenes in other states in 2013... Read more»

Two convicted in murder of BP Agent Brian Terry

Two men were found guilty Thursday by a federal jury for their roles in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in a 2010 shooting incident just north of Nogales.... Read more»

Analysis

ATF should be merged with FBI

Liberal think tank joins conservative calls to roll the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the FBI: After two years of research into ATF's history, work, and challenges, CAP recommends merging to create a federal law enforcement agency with the leadership, resources, and political support necessary to help reform the gun industry and reduce gun violence.... Read more»

300-plus fugitives arrested in statewide sweep

An effort from law enforcement agencies in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties called Operation Justice targeted fugitives wanted for crimes including aggravated assault, drug offenses and homicide. ... Read more»

‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblowers welcome effort to protect others

Two men who exposed the government’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-running probe in Phoenix said they hope a new Senate caucus can keep other whistleblowers from enduring the retaliation they faced.... Read more»

Congress finds sorting Fast and Furious records ‘like pieces of a puzzle’

It's been more than a month since the Justice Department delivered 64,280 records to a House committee investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF's botched “gun-walking” probe. But no new details have yet to emerge, as staffers find the review slow going. ... Read more»

Critics blast election-eve release of 64k pages in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe

The Justice Department released 64,280 pages of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious on Monday night, more than two years after a House committee originally demanded records from the botched “gun-walking” probe.... Read more»1

The best reporting on guns in America

In the wake of last week’s shooting spree in Santa Barbabra, ProPublica lays out the most revealing reporting about guns. ... Read more»

Panel: Harsher penalties for straw buyers could curb gun traffic to Mexico

Stricter U.S. gun measures are needed to stem the flow of guns to Mexico, where the weapons are fueling violence and leaving people “under siege” with little hope of help from their government, activists said last week.... Read more»

Court: ATF reverse sting ‘raises questions’ but is not ‘outrageous’ conduct

A divided federal appeals court Wednesday let stand the convictions of four men caught in a 2009 “reverse sting” operation in Phoenix, rejecting claims that the sting amounted to “outrageous government conduct.”... Read more»

FBI has used drones in the U.S. since 2006, watchdog says

Though drones have become an essential tool for the CIA in battling militants in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, a new report reveals that the FBI has also relied on drones to fight domestic criminals since 2006.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Recommendations for executive action to combat gun crimes

Most of the attention in the current gun debate has been focused on congressional action (or inaction) on legislation designed to protect public safety by preventing dangerous individuals from having easy access to guns. There is much that can be done outside of Congress, however, to help strengthen oversight of the gun industry, enhance law-enforcement investigations of gun-related crime, and make it more difficult for criminals to get guns.... Read more»

Cause of West explosion remains unclear

The cause of a fertilizer plant explosion here that killed 15 people on April 17 has been ruled “undetermined,” officials announced at a press conference in the town's high school parking lot on Thursday.... Read more»

Border roundup

Study sheds light on gun running; AP drops 'illegal immigrant'

Border news roundup: Arizona politicians and religious leaders discuss comprehensive immigration reform by the "Gang of Eight," journalists reconsider how to address illegal immigration in their stylebooks, and safety concerns on both sides of the border.... Read more»

Report: Gun running to Mexico remains widespread

As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem. Researchers estimated that as many as 253,000 firearms were purchased in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012 for the sole purpose of being trafficked across the border.... Read more»

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