Bullets that name their owner

Firearm Microstamping: DNA for a Bullet

By: Cynthia Kouril Thursday June 10, 2010 3:06 pm via Firedoglake

OK, get your CSI geek on for a minute. Imagine you are a law enforcement person arriving at a crime scene. There has been a shooting. There is no gun at the scene, just the shell casings from the bullets.

Imagine how cool it would be if the shell casing could be etched with a code as it is fired from the gun so that the code would identify which gun the bullet was fired from. It would make it possible to check the code on the casing against a database of guns and match it up with the registered gun owner .

Sound kinda science fiction-ish? Like something Ian Fleming’s Q would dream up? Actually, it’s real technology that exists today call “micro-stamping”.

From Wikipedia:

it involves the use of laser technology to engrave a microscopic marking onto the tip of the firing pin and onto the breech face of a firearm. When the firearm is fired, these etchings are transferred to the primer by the firing pin and to the cartridge case by the breech face, using the pressure created when a round is fired. After the spent cartridges are ejected, these microscopic markings are imprinted on the cartridges, which can then be recovered by police and examined by forensic ballistics experts to obtain information to be used to trace the firearm through its life to the perpetrator of the crime.

New York State is in the process of passing historic legislation requiring that guns registered in NY have this micro-stamping feature. It has already been passed by the state assembly and has passed out committee in the state senate and is due for a full senate vote within days. Republican minority leader Dean Skelos has released his caucus to vote their conscience on this, so I’m optimistic about it passing.

It’s such a no-brainer; who could possibly be opposed to such a simple and effective law enforcement tool save for the most paranoid black-helicopters-off-the-grid-libertarian-conspiracy-theorists?

According to New Yorkers Against Gun Violence,

This crime fighting piece of legislation is supported by 83 police departments and law enforcement organizations throughout New York and by 100 mayors from across the state.

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