Latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives News

Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on rapid-fire rifle bump stocks, reopening political fight

Jun. 14, 2024 21:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, the rapid-fire gun accessories used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, in a ruling that threw firearms back into the nation's political spotlight. The high court's...

Prosecutor says ATF agent justified in fatal shooting of Little Rock airport director during raid

Jun. 14, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas prosecutor on Friday said a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent was justified when he fatally shot the Little Rock airport director during a raid at his house in March. Pulaski County Prosecutor Will Jones said in a letter...

What to know about bump stocks and the Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on the gun accessory

Jun. 14, 2024 13:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a ban on bump stocks, the gun accessory used in the deadliest shooting in modern American history — a Las Vegas massacre that killed 60 people and injured hundreds more. The court's conservative majority said Friday that...

Judge blocks Biden administration from enforcing new gun sales background check rule in Texas

May. 20, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a new rule in Texas that would require firearms dealers to run background checks on buyers at gun shows or other places outside brick-and-mortar stores. The decision by U.S. District Judge...

26 Republican attorneys general sue to block Biden rule requiring background checks at gun shows

May. 01, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Twenty-six Republican attorneys general filed lawsuits Wednesday challenging a new Biden administration rule requiring firearms dealers across the United States to run background checks on buyers at gun shows and other places outside brick-and-mortar stores. ...

Garland speaks with victims' families as new exhibit highlights the faces of gun violence

Apr. 23, 2024 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children fatally shot in their classrooms. Law enforcement gunned down while doing their jobs. Victims of domestic violence. And people killed on American streets. Photos of their faces line the wall as part of a new exhibit inside the federal agency in...

US House Judiciary Committee chair seeks details from ATF on airport director shooting

Apr. 22, 2024 21:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Monday asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to provide documents and information about its raid at the home last month of the Little Rock airport director who died after a shootout with agents...

Justice Department ramps up efforts to reduce violent crime with gun intel center, carjacking forces

Apr. 18, 2024 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is ramping up its efforts to reduce violent crime in the U.S., launching a specialized gun intelligence center in Chicago and expanding task forces to curb carjackings. In an interview with The Associated Press, Deputy Attorney General Lisa...

The Biden administration will require thousands more gun dealers to run background checks on buyers

Apr. 11, 2024 16:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more firearms dealers across the United States will have to run background checks on buyers at gun shows or other places outside brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Biden administration rule that will soon go into effect. The rule aims to close a...

Brother of airport director shot by ATF agents speaks out about shooting

Mar. 20, 2024 20:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The brother of the Little Rock airport executive shot by federal agents serving a search warrant said he fears his brother may not survive. Bryan Malinowski, 53, was injured in a shootout Tuesday with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...