Category Archives: ATF Most Wanted

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) — FBI

Good afternoon Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

What is the NICS and How Does it Work?

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 (Brady Act) requires Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to use the NICS to determine whether a prospective firearm transfer would violate state or federal laws. The NICS is a computerized system designed to supply information to determine if a person is disqualified from possessing or receiving firearms by conducting a search of available records. In addition to state law and state firearm prohibitions that vary greatly across the nation, there are 10 federal firearm prohibitions as listed in the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended.1 When an FFL initiates a NICS transaction, a name check is conducted to

Read More at: https://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/national-instant-criminal-background-check-system-nics

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

Good afternoon Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

What is the NICS and How Does it Work?

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 (Brady Act) requires Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to use the NICS to determine whether a prospective firearm transfer would violate state or federal laws. The NICS is a computerized system designed to supply information to determine if a person is disqualified from possessing or receiving firearms by conducting a search of available records. In addition to state law and state firearm prohibitions that vary greatly across the nation, there are 10 federal firearm prohibitions as listed in the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended.1 When an FFL initiates a NICS transaction, a name check is conducted to

Read More at: https://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/national-instant-criminal-background-check-system-nics

Poll finds many Harvey victims saying they still need help


More than three months after Hurricane Harvey walloped Texas, many affected residents say they’re still not getting help they need and President Donald Trump is getting low marks for his handling of the disaster, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation survey released Tuesday.

The poll is another indication of how families along the Texas coast continue struggling in wake of the Category 4 storm, which left Houston underwater and killed more than 80 people.

Nearly half of residents who said they had property damage or lost their job or work hours because of Harvey say they’re not getting the resources needed to get back on their feet. Federal officials have approved $1.4 billion in Harvey assistance to individuals and households but the survey showed signs of confusion and frustration: More than 6 in 10 denied applicants say they

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Ed Sheeran tops Spotify’s 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams


California law enforcement officials on Friday found in a shallow grave the bodies of a missing U.S. Army veteran and her beloved dog, both of whom had been missing since Labor Day weekend.

The bodies of Julia Beth Jacobson, a 37-year-old retired Army captain, and her Wheaten terrier, Boogie, were found in the desert in Cactus City, an unincorporated community near Interstate 10 in Riverside County, south of Joshua Tree National Park. Ontario police officials said the remains were found with the help of a cadaver dog.

They were also found with the cooperation of Jacobson’s ex-husband, Dalen Larry Ware, who was arrested on suspicion of murder Oct. 13 at his home in Laveen, Arizona. Ware, 39, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail in the San Bernardino County Jail.

Jacobson and Boogie were found during the third day

Read More at: http://www.whio.com/news/national/sheeran-tops-spotify-2017-list-with-billion-streams/cHQMCpIfTBZ4qGihqiektM/

She was seduced by money, but traffickers stole her innocence and sold her for sex

Home had spun into a living hell for a mom and her 16-year-old daughter.

In the fall of 2015, the teen was already on probation for stealing her mom’s checkbook and writing a hot check. She was seeing two therapists, but she refused to give up smoking pot and her rebellious ways.

Her mother felt handcuffed to a problem she couldn’t solve. She wasn’t sleeping well and though her job required travel, dealing with her troubled daughter forced her to work from home, putting her in a precarious position with her employer.

That summer she’d bought a gun safe, but not for storing weapons. Instead, she’d use it to stash alcohol, credit cards and other valuables that she wanted to keep out of her daughter’s hands.

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“We had people over and I had them

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More than 200 MS-13 members were arrested in a major Trump administration gang sweep


ATF Agent Rifle
An
ATF agent walks with his rifle while getting ready for a raid
early Wednesday morning, May 17, 2017, in Los
Angeles.

AP Photo/Jae C.
Hong


  • “Operation Raging Bull” was conducted across the United
    States from Oct. 8 to Nov. 11.
  • It concluded with the arrest of 214 members of
    MS-13.
  • President Donald Trump has directed federal law
    enforcement officials to focus resources on combating
    transnational gangs, including MS-13.

Read More at: http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-big-round-up-of-ms-13-gang-members-in-us-2017-11

TRUE CRIME: A Region armed robber and ‘master of disguise’ who kept trying, and failing, to escape custody

TRUE CRIME: A boy’s shooting death shakes Gary

GARY — Richard Meadows wanted to one day make it in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The 10-year-old boy wanted to set a record as the first child to write to a million. He only made it to 44,000 before a bullet pierced through the boy’s window and hit him in the head. 

Richard had been sleeping in his bed the morning of Aug. 14, 1993, at his home in the 4700 block of Delaware Street in Gary. The head of the bed had been facing the window of the front of the house. 

His family later recalled Richard got out of bed, went to a hallway and said, “Oh this hurts,” before falling. He later died at an area hospital. 

Richard’s homicide happened during an era when Gary was notoriously referred to as the murder capital. That year alone, the city logged 105 homicides, according

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Two members still wanted in Detroit ‘Smokecamp’ gang indictments

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– Thirteen alleged gang members in a local street gang have been indicted after the federal government executed multiple search warrants across metro-Detroit but police are still searching for two more.

Flaunting their guns and drugs in music videos on YouTube and flashing stacks of cash on Facebook, investigators say many members of the Smokecamp street gang, formerly the Runyon Boys, are under arrest.

Twelve were busted by the feds in a major operation early Wednesday morning. Neighbors say they woke up to doors being busted down.

RELATED: Multiple raids executed across metro Detroit Wednesday morning 

“I just heard boom boom, boom like gunshots,” a neighbor said. “It looked like SWAT was out there and everything.”

The AFT busted down doors from Detroit’s east side, which was home base

Read More at: http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/two-members-still-wanted-in-detroit-smokecamp-gang-indictments

Two officials identify Texas church shooter – Scranton Times

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A man opened fire inside of a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history, the governor said.

Officials didn’t identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday night, but two other officials — one a U.S. official and one in law enforcement — who were briefed on the investigation identified him as Devin Kelley. They spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation.

The U.S. official said Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and doesn’t appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. The official said investigators are looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday’s attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.

Authorities said civilian with a gun confronted

Read More at: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/two-officials-identify-texas-church-shooter-1.2264375