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  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), speaks at a news conference in Houston in April 2009. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), speaks at a news conference in Houston in April 2009. (Associated Press)

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  • "Our work in Mexico has not been without challenges, including effective sharing of information," he said. "Accordingly, these very dynamic circumstances create information-sharing challenges that ATF and the government of Mexico are diligently collaborating to overcome."

    Report: Gun flow to Mexico unabated →

  • But ATF Deputy Director Kenneth E. Melson, in a letter to the Inspector General's Office in response to the report, said the agency was "concerned that the review did not adequately reflect the challenges that the United States and Mexico face in seeking to reduce violence, gun and drug trafficking along the border.

    Report: Gun flow to Mexico unabated →

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