“..10. IDing casings to ID criminals?
Medicine has come a long way from the dark ages into the space age.
Now there’s a technology that could take law enforcement “from the Stone age to the jet age,” according to Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III of the Baltimore Police Department -
- yet some groups are lobbying against it so heavily the odds don’t look good at the moment.
The technology is called microstamping.
The New York Times’ Erica Goode reports that it uses laser technology to stamp a numeric code onto shell casings that can enable law enforcement to track the shell to the gun that fired it – and thus the owner.
Legislation requiring microstamping on semiautomatic weapons has been proposed in multiple states and Todd Lizotte, who pioneered the technology, is hoping the patents expire so the method can become public domain.
Here’s how it works..”
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