Other experts, like atf Special Agent Jim Parker, say some serial arsonists are motivated by revenge.
The nearest atf office is 32 miles away, in downtown Columbus.
But not the atf, which now receives only marginally more than it did in 2000 adjusted for inflation.
B. Todd Jones is a former Marine, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, and the acting director of the atf.
Perhaps an official director solely focused on the work of the agency is what the atf needs to get back on track.
In May, congressional investigators released a Fast and Furious briefing paper from the atf.
The atf said he had applied for a Federal Firearms License, but was rejected for violating the federal Gun Control Act.
Beggs testified that Holmes purchased the guns and ammunition legally and cleared the background checks conducted by the atf.
Jones had been the acting director of the atf since 2011 while also serving as the US Attorney for Minnesota.
Voth asked if the atf could arrest him for fraudulently accepting public assistance when he was spending such huge sums.