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Tag: Las Vegas

ATF to Determine if It has Authority to Ban Bump Stocks on Weapons

Acting head of ATF Thomas Brandon.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two months after the Las Vegas shooting, ATF said it has begun reviewing whether it has the authority to ban bump stocks, a device that allowed the shooter to essentially convert weapons into automatic ones, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Lawmakers have called on ATF officials to determine whether the agency has the authority to regulate bump stocks without congressional action.

ATF’s Acting Director Thomas E. Brandon is testifying in front of a Senate committee hearing about the issue this week.

Those like Sen. Dianne Feinstein believe Congress should pass legislation addressing the issue rather than relying on ATF to make changes.

 

FBI Gets Closer to Identifying Motive Behind Las Vegas Shooter

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes it is closer to determining what motivated Stephen Paddock to spray bullets into a crowd of concert attendees in Las Vegas, killing 58 and injuring hundreds of others.

But investigators said there is “absolutely” no evidence the 64-year-old man is tied to domestic terror or hate groups, the Las Vegas Sun reports

They have a theory but aren’t ready to share it.

“We do know a lot more (about Paddock) than when we started,” Rouse told the Las Vegas Sun Wednesday afternoon. “I feel like we are going in the correct direction to understand why this happened.”

As far s a motive, Rouse indicated, “When we’re done, we’ll have as close to an answer on the why as you’re going to be able to come to without talking with (Paddock).”

Investigators have pursued hundreds of tips.

How FBI, ATF Are Assisting Las Vegas Authorities Investigate Mass Shooting

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are assisting local law enforcement in Las Vegas determine whether the gunman responsible for the mass shooting during the music festival acted alone.

While local authorities are taking the lead in the investigation, the federal agencies are helping gather evidence.

“When you have a mass shooting scene like Las Vegas, you are talking about a lot of manpower,” Dana Ridenour, a retired FBI agent who was part of its Evidence Response Team that traveled to New York following the 9/11 attacks, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“You have to bag and collect all that evidence,” Ridenour said.

Federal authorities would take the lead if the shooting was considered a terrorist attack. Since it’s not, the feds are taking a supportive role.

“The FBI is vital in the assistance of this investigation,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said moments after the Oct. 1 tragedy occurred. “They are providing federal resources available in this investigation.”

Authorities Still Have No Clear-Cut Motive in Las Vegas Shooting

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s certainly not for lack of trying.

After a detailed investigation, the FBI and local Las Vegas authorities are still unclear what motivated Stephen Paddock to open fire on the concert in Las Vegas.

“There’s a lot of effort being put into unraveling this horrific act,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters following a ribbon-cutting for the FBI’s new Atlanta building, the Philadelphia Tribune reports. “We don’t know yet what the motive is, but that’s not for lack of trying, and if you know anything about the bureau we don’t give up easy.

 

What Law Enforcement Still Doesn’t Know about Las Vegas Shooter

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eleven days after Stephen Paddock sprayed bullets into a large gathering of people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, investigators still have important, unanswered questions.

What motivated Paddock to kill 58 people and injure hundreds of others? Why did he stop shooting? Why did it take police 18 minutes to find Paddock? How painstaking was his planning.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said authorities are trying to “draw the most accurate picture” possible of the shooting and what led up to it.

“There’s more than 20,000 moving parts associated with this investigation and it takes time,” he told CNN affiliate KLAS on Wednesday.

For reasons that remain a mystery to authorities, Paddock appeared to have stopped shooting after 10 minutes, even before authorities approached him.

FBI Investigates Mysterious Break-in at Home of Las Vegas Mass Shooter

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A week after Stephen Paddock opened fire onto a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas, leading to the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, the 64-year-old’s house in a normally quiet neighborhood of Reno was broken into.

Police said they immediately notified the FBI after discovering someone had broken into the home through the front door over the weekend, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports

It’s unclear what motivated the break-in. Officers didn’t notice anything missing, but said they are working with the FBI to “make sure there are no further incidents.”

Law enforcement raided Paddock’s home on Oct. 3, finding five handguns, two shotguns, numerous electronic devices and a “plethora of ammunition, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said

FBI Stumped on What Motivated Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

Stephen Paddock

Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Unable to determine why Stephen Paddock opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas, the FBI is erecting billboards across Nevada encouraging people to help uncover his motive.

“We still do not have a clear motive or reason why,” a frustrated Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Friday, the Independent reports. “We have looked at literally everything.”

Investigators have examined 1,000 leads and the politics, finances and social behavior of Paddock but have yet to determine what prompted Paddock to pull off the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“We have been down each and every one of these paths,” McMahill said. “We all want answers.”

The billboards will encourage anyone with information to call 800-CALL-FBI.

“If you know something, say something,” said Aaron Rouse, agent in charge of the Las Vegas FBI office. “We will not stop until we have the truth.”

Retired FBI Agent: Set Up Threat Analysis Program for Gun Purchasers

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The mass shooting in Las Vegas has once again triggered cries for action to deal with rogue gun owners, particularly those who purchase an enormous amount of weapons and ammo in a short time.

A friend and retired FBI agent forwarded me an email the other day suggesting the government set up a threat analysis program for gun purchasers.

Here’s what he had to say:

There should be a risk management program that uses data bases with information about gun purchases. The program would identify key criteria that is a common thread in violent events: Number of weapons purchased by a single individual or by address or within a specified time period.

When those red flags are raised in the data base, the names of the purchasers would be turned over to the group that would conduct traces/searches and links to Federal cases and local incidents (not just reported crimes).

The group would develop a threshold to decide if the probe goes further. They would use social media searches, mental health agencies and interviews.

The arguments against creating such a group are overwhelming, cost being major.

Sure, it’s a needle in a haystack approach, but I am sure there are smarter folks than me who can scope the search to increase its worth.

The public relations sell would undoubtedly bump up against privacy concerns (Mental health & Constitutional rights) and the belief that we may miss some of the real culprits; criminals who don’t report gun purchases.

I understand that, but if current gun laws had the priority enforcement it deserves, straw purchasers and crooked gun dealers would start to dissipate, and maybe, just maybe,  you could identify some old fart with a screw loose and force him to rethink his plan to be remembered as an evil footnote in history.