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Maryland Scraps Costly Firearm "Ballistic Fingerprinting" Program

November 12, 2015  | 

Since 2000 Maryland required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold in the state and send the spent casings to authorities. (Photo: Screenshot from Baltimore Sun video)
Since 2000 Maryland required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold in the state and send the spent casings to authorities. (Photo: Screenshot from Baltimore Sun video)

Maryland has officially decided that its 15-year effort to store and catalog the "fingerprints" of thousands of handguns was a failure.

Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold there and send the spent bullet casing to authorities. The idea was to build a database of "ballistic fingerprints" to help solve future crimes.

But the system, which cost the state millions, was plagued by technological problems, and never solved a single case. Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings could be sold for scrap, the Baltimore Sun reports.


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tom @ 11/12/2015 4:08 PM

That's what happens when you let the far left gun grabbers have their way. They just wasted all of that tax payer money for a program that was failed from the start. Now the question is, who is going to own up to the big mistake ? Bet nobody, especially the those that supported this lame brain idea will take ownership now. Too bad it took 15 years for them to wake up.

clifford zigler @ 11/12/2015 10:06 PM

why not sell the cases to reloaders and recoup some of the money lost in this ill-fated idea

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