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Senate ready for showdown on Obama pick for ATF

The Senate is ready for a showdown on President Barack Obama's pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a battle that carries echoes of this year's gun control fight.Full story

Background checks aren’t gun control, they’re crime control

Criminals brag that they can buy guns on the street--and yes, it happens, but not without obstacles. And those obstacles are what allow police and ATF agents to apprehend them and stop the next murder. Full story

Nearly two dozen weapons stolen from Sierra Vista store

SIERRA VISTA-Police need your help finding a man who stole firearms from a Sierra Vista store. Full story

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Obama's ATF nomination sent to full Senate

Senate lawmakers advance ATF director nominee

Was that gun used in a crime? Now you can find out

U.S. can track bulk rifle sales to Mexican gangs : court

Row between U.S. agencies over Texas plant explosion deepens

Chemical-safety watchdog criticizes probe of Texas blast

Cause of Texas plant blast still uncertain, criminality is possibility

Ex-ATF agents recall storm of gunfire in deadly 1993 Waco raid

ATF handicapped by laws and a lack of leader

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  Plan presented to wrest control of ATF director from gun lobby

Rachel Maddow reports on a proposal by Senator Dick Durban that would move the ATF under the FBI to undo a tactic devised by NRA-beholden Republicans to hold up the appointment of any leader to the agency.

  Train explosion renews call for safe transport

“In These Times” reporter Mike Elk talks with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about the broader effects of the disastrous chemical explosion in Baltimore.

  ATF: 550 pounds of explosives stolen from USFS

The ATF says nearly 560 pounds of explosives were stolen from a US Forest Service bunker in Montana last month and is offering a reward for information leading to the recovery of the materials. KULR’s Brad Carl reports.

  Bay State primary battle rages

Chuck talks with candidates in the Massachusetts Senate primary today including Republican candidates Gabriel Gomez, former US Atty. Michael Sullivan, and State Rep. Dan Winslow, and a spokesman from Democrat Stephen Lynch’s campaign.

  NBC News: New FBI report reveals Boston bomber designs

Former ATF agent Jim Cavanaugh joins Martin Bashir to add his analysis to a new NBC News report that details the level of sophistication of the Boston Marathon bombs – and why this may suggest a higher level of skill on the part of the bombers than previously thought.

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ATF agents shield and weapon are shown during a media open house at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville Maryland
ATF agents shield and weapon are shown during a media open house at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville Maryland

An ATF agent's shield and weapon are shown on his belt during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Maryland June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

ATF firearms examiner Gerber explains ballistics process during media open house at ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville Maryland
ATF chief arson and explosives agent Klapec explains pipe bomb fragments during a media open house at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville
ATF chief arson and explosives agent Klapec explains pipe bomb fragments during a media open house at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville

ATF chief arson and explosives agent Doug Klapec explains various pipe bomb fragments during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Maryland June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)

ATF firearms and toolmark examiner Klees fires weapon in steel enclosed tub during media open house at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville
ATF firearms and toolmark examiner Klees fires weapon in steel enclosed tub during media open house at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Beltsville

ATF firearms and toolmark examiner Greg Klees fires a weapon in a steel enclosed tub during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Maryland June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)