Maryland scraps gun "fingerprint" database

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    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-bullet-casings-20151107-story.html
    pushing feel good laws don't work.
     
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    15 years & they could not figure things out, no one else is trying for the same reason IMHO.
     
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    It's a shame - but depending on the problems encountered, technology not as capable as it is now since fingerprint readers are ubiquitous and managed reasonably well... So I suspect there was probably mismanagement, arguably on the part of a manager that disagreed with the law and wanted to throw a wrench into the proverbial gearbox. The article leaves a lot open for thought and innuendo.
     
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    no one else is trying, personally it is not as important as many make it out to be.
     
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    Like many laws engendered by the premise, "But, but, we must DO something!" As with many laws, this one was passed by the technologically ignorant, and including ignorance of how most gun crimes are solved--when they are solved.
     
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    You're telling me that
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    type of laws don't work?
     
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    LOL, I lived in Anne Arundel County and they voted to allow a casino to be built in which they claimed the taxes would help pay for the local schools. To date, the schools haven't seen a dime, but crime is up!
     
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    I bought a handgun here in Texas, it was apparently test fired before being sold, since the spent casing was included in a small envelope in the case when I bought it (this was explained to me by the salesman). If there were an easy way of cataloging these and solving crimes I wouldn't see a problem with it, but perhaps the OP simply illustrates that droves of people aren't going through legal channels to buy guns they plan to use to commit crimes?
     
  11. FX120, Apr 15, 2016
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    This isn't about actual human fingerprints, rather the pattern of imprints or rubbing left on a shell casing after it is ejected from a semi-automatic handgun. The thought was that you can catalog the patterns created by a particular handgun at the time of manufacture, then compare that data to forensic evidence collected at a later date.

    In theory it sounds good, but in reality the vast majority of patterns are too similar to create a small enough pool from which to narrow down an investigation. Really the data is only good for comparing shell casings found at a scene to a suspect firearm. In addition, the pattern left on a particular casing will vary depending on the amount of useage the firearm has seen, and if any components are repared or replaced. It's also really easy to modify the firearm (10 seconds with a file) so the patterns left on a case will no longer be anything like the sample on record. All in all it was a stupid, feel good experiment that many people knew would fail from the start, and wasted millions of dollars in the process.

    New York was at least smart enough to give up on this four years earlier...
     
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    Or in other words, much like the silent death of assassins with suppressors, Hollywood is make believe.
     

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