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CCRKBA SAYS MARYLAND REPORT ON BALLISTIC IMAGING SHATTERS GUN TRACKING MYTHS

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

A report by the Maryland State Police that recommends repeal of a law requiring collection of ballistic imaging information “shatters one of the favorite myths of gun control extremists,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

In its progress report on the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division recommends that “this program be suspended, a repeal of the collection of cartridge cases from current law be enacted and the Laboratory Technicians associated with the program be transferred to the DNA database unit.” So far, Maryland has spent $2.5 million over the past four years, with nothing to show for it. The report admitted, “Guns found to be used in the commission of crime…are not the ones being entered into” the system.

“Our congratulations to Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s administration for having released this information,” said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. “Since the Maryland research also reveals that the same program in New York State has produced not a single trace that has led to the solution of a crime, we think Gov. George Pataki ought to consider scrapping the Empire State’s program as well, saving taxpayers there about $4 million dollars annually.”

Laws in New York and Maryland require that a fired cartridge case from each handgun sold in the state be provided for entry into the respective state’s IBIS database. Extremist gun control groups supported this requirement because it amounts to a de facto gun registry in the guise of a crime-fighting tool.

“By admission of the Maryland State Police, ballistic imaging doesn’t work, and appears to be a waste of money,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Technicians with the California Department of Justice said as much two years ago. The Citizen’s Committee and other gun rights groups have been saying all along that ballistic imaging was a fraud as a crime-prevention tool, and now it’s also being proven as an ineffective crime-solving tool.

“Taxpayers in every state have a right to know about the Maryland report,” Gottlieb stated, “because gun control zealots have pushed similar programs in many state legislatures. Taxpayers expect to have their money wisely spent on genuine anti-crime measures, not some boondoggle that amounts to gun registration by another name.”