13. January 2005 · Comments Off on Ballistic Fingerprinting Debunked · Categories: General

This should be no surprise to most of my readers. But, despite the facts, I doubt this myth will die a quick death:

(CNSNews.com) – Maryland’s “ballistics imaging” system isn’t working and ought to be scrapped, says a report from the Maryland State Police.

A Maryland law that took effect in 2000 requires gun makers to test-fire all new handguns sold in the state so that each gun’s “ballistic fingerprint” may be entered into a state database. Each fired shell casing has unique markings that police — theoretically — can use to identify guns that were used in crimes.

But as gun control opponents have long noted, the unique markings that gun barrels leave on shell casings can be easily altered, either deliberately or through wear on the gun. Second Amendment supporters say “ballistics imaging” systems amount to gun registration.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is congratulating Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s administration for releasing the findings of the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.

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