Report Advises Against New National Database of Ballistic Images

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 11, 2008

News release: “A national database containing images of ballistic markings from all new and imported guns sold in the U.S. should not be created at this time, says a new report from the National Research Council. Such a database has been proposed to help investigators link ballistics evidence — cartridge cases or bullets found at crime scenes — to a firearm and the location where it was originally sold. But given the practical limitations of current technology for generating and comparing images of ballistic markings, searches of such an extensive database would likely produce too many candidate “matches” to be helpful, the report says.”

  • Ballistic Imaging, Daniel L. Cork, John E. Rolph, Eugene S. Meieran, and Carol V. Petrie, Editors, Committee to Assess the Feasibility, Accuracy and Technical Capability of a National Ballistics Database, National Research Council
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