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NCJ Number: 211931 Find in a Library
Title: Ballistic Fingerprints on File
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a computer-based impact analysis model and accompanying handbook that can guide legislators and law enforcement officials in assessing the pros and cons of establishing and operating a Reference Ballistic Imaging Database (RBID), which would contain records of the test firings of all new guns sold in the State.
Abstract: RBIDs, which currently exist only in New York State and Maryland, can supplement the national criminal ballistic imaging database maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A RBID may be able to match a spent shell casing found at a crime scene to the data from the test firing of a new gun recently sold in the State. Although the gun could have been stolen, lost, or resold since the initial purchase, it is the first step in identifying the person who used the gun at the crime scene. In order to facilitate a State's decision about whether to establish a RBID, the National Institute of Justice funded the development of a model for such decisionmaking. The model consists of four user input worksheets and two results worksheets. The worksheets can help States identify and understand relevant issues, determine program feasibility, ascertain the number of equipment units and floor space required, estimate needed personnel and associated costs, and develop plans and cost projections. The handbook provides an overview of ballistic imaging technology, a more detailed explanation of RBID operations in Maryland and New York, and a description of how the planning model works.
Main Term(s): Automated police information systems
Index Term(s): Ballistics; Firearm tracing; Investigative techniques; Maryland; New York
Note: From TechBeat, Summer 2004; downloaded October 28, 2005.
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