Committee to Assess the Feasibility, Accuracy and Technical Capability of a National Ballistics Database, Committee on Law and Justice, Committee on National Statistics, National Materials Advisory Board, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
National Academies Press, Oct 10, 2008 - Political Science - 344 pages
Ballistic Imaging assesses the state of computer-based imaging technology in forensic firearms identification. The book evaluates the current law enforcement database of images of crime-related cartridge cases and bullets and recommends ways to improve the usefulness of the technology for suggesting leads in criminal investigations. It also advises against the construction of a national reference database that would include images from test-fires of every newly manufactured or imported firearm in the United States. The book also suggests further research on an alternate method for generating an investigative lead to the location where a gun was first sold: "microstamping," the direct imprinting of unique identifiers on firearm parts or ammunition.