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Firearms forensics and gun crime solution

As we see, it is a laborious task to track down weapons used in gun crime, where forensics test fire weapons to gain a bullet, rifling, and fire pin match. Always done post event. I propose a global database under the auspices of the UN or at least at a Nation level, of the implementation of a database of weapons that must be test fired at the factory, or at local facilities, to gain the forensic profile of each weapon sold or owned by the gun owner as a perquisites of licensing. Thereby enabling the identification of weapons used in crime or defense in a much more efficient way.
It would enable the instant identification from the national database from bullet evidence, streamlining the crime detection and the forensic process, tying a gun owner or seller or user to a specific weapon before any crime or defense event has taken place.

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    Nov 9 2013: Also I hadn't considered wear and tear, in forensic terms the weapon would be different over time.I guess they would have to be retested annually rather like vehicle checks in the UK, to accommodate any changes.Maybe a heat and impact resistant tag or marker embedded in each bullet, unique to the batch would be another way.
    • Nov 9 2013: Which would only grow to further increase costs, while still failing to address the complete ineffectualness of system against unregistered guns and ammo.

      Firearms aren't rocket science. Where they aren't legal (or in the system being proposed here, heavily regulated), people make them in machine shops located in their basements, and smuggle them from other countries. Same goes for ammo.

      If anything, the system proposed will only further encourage criminals to move towards unlicensed guns, and won't actually solve all that much (only making forensics easier, as opposed to preventing the crime to begin with, and only doing that little if the gun's registered), despite being tremendously expensive.
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        Nov 9 2013: Imagine a swat engagement, where hundreds of rounds are fired, the engagement could be deciphered very quickly, if each round could be scanned or x-rayed within minutes, out in the field
        ,If each round had a tag embedded in it.
        Now imagine the criminals are using the same type of ammunition? And a civilian has be shot? The tag proves it was cross fire from the criminals and clears the officer of wrong doing.
        • Nov 9 2013: The DHS has actually got 6 Billion 9 mm rounds.
          Go figure.

          Time to move to northern climes.
        • Nov 9 2013: Actually, its perfectly possible to prove the cop is innocent without the system. You'd just have to do it the old fashioned way instead of using a data base (current techniques differentiate between different guns of the same model firing the same ammo). It'll take longer, is all; seeing as it doesn't really matter whether the cop is proved innocent today or in a week, it hardly justifies setting up a data base.

          The only real advantage such a system would have is if a criminal used a firearm he then made disappear, and that firearm was registered under him in the database.
          Considering how easy it would be to dodge the data base, only the stupidest of criminals would be caught (as in, the criminals you probably have a million other leads on--its a pretty glaring mistake after all).
          Not at all worth the time and money it would take to set up.
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          Dec 7 2013: Or in a case where the officers may be in the position of wrong doing, the evidence is suppressed.

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