Investigators have not identified any suspects in the arson case. The health clinic, in Knoxville, Tenn., was shot at by someone last year.
They are untraceable, assembled from parts and can be ordered by gang members, felons and even children. They are increasingly the lethal weapon of easy access around the U.S., but especially California.
David Chipman’s defeat was a loss for gun control groups, which saw the appointment of a strong director as the most important move the president could make on guns.
The subject is guns. The password is safety.
Two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks, there are again dozens of unfilled Senate-confirmed national security positions.
Two senators who caucus with the Democratic party, Angus King and Joe Manchin III, soured on Mr. Chipman’s nomination.
The president made clear that he intends to approach crime prevention by investing in, rather than defunding, the police as he waded into an urgent national debate over policing.
In a rarity, the A.T.F. may soon have a director. But the agency still faces N.R.A.-backed limitations.
If confirmed, David Chipman would inherit an agency seriously depleted by the National Rifle Association’s campaign to undermine it.
Amazing the things our government keeps secret.
The federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws has been hamstrung for years by the firearms lobby. Now, the president’s plan to rein in gun violence hinges on the A.T.F.’s success.
One of the actions taken by President Biden to curb gun violence was to crack down on the proliferation of firearms that are assembled from kits and do not have serial numbers.
With legislation in Congress stalled by Republican opposition, the president ordered a crackdown on “ghost guns” and said the epidemic of shootings was “an international embarrassment.”
President Biden is expected to announce his plan, including a measure to try to stop the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, on Thursday.
The authorities said there was no indication that the August 2020 arson was a hate crime but described it as one of the most heinous cases they had investigated.
Poor planning among a constellation of government agencies and a restive crowd encouraged by President Trump set the stage for the unthinkable.
Officials said that more of the World War II-era grenades, which had been thought to be inactive, may have been sold this summer at an antiques mall in North Carolina.
Rejecting the deployment of camouflaged federal agents, big-city mayors said the Trump administration should use its resources to help tackle problems like gun violence.
The body was found at the site of a Minneapolis pawnshop that was set on fire just days after the death of Mr. Floyd.
Like the country it supposedly answers to, Washington has been on edge, hovered over by low-flying helicopters and patrolled by law enforcement agents from a stew of federal agencies.