Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Nationwide Firearms Database Shot Down by Government-Sponsored Study

WASHINGTON — A government-sponsored study issued Wednesday recommends against creating a nationwide firearm database, saying the science behind the proposed ballistics database is too murky.

The idea is based on the assumption that each gun leaves unique markings on bullets, like fingerprints.

Some say every new gun should be test-fired and have its markings entered into a database. Investigators could then use the database to identify which gun fired shell casings and bullets found at crime scenes.

The 300-page report says it's unclear how unique those ballistic fingerprints really are, and that it might be too expensive and time-consuming to be worthwhile.

Common sense from the .gov? Watch for airborne pigs, they're bound to be next.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Been there, done that. I should have the T-shirt around here somewhere.

Why don't these guys ever ask me? ;)