It was one of the largest gun forensics programs ever undertaken. Over a period of 15 years and with a cost of at least $5 million, Maryland gun “fingerprint” system will go down as one of the most unsuccessful law enforcement programs in state history.
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— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) November 11, 2015
The idea was simple. Wait, no it wasn’t. The idea was complex and time-consuming and relied on a faulty system.
According to the Baltimore Sun:
Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold here and send the spent bullet casing to authorities. The idea was to build a database of “ballistic fingerprints” to help solve future crimes.
But the system — plagued by technological problems — never solved a single case. Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings could be sold for scrap.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” said former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat whose administration pushed for the database to fulfill a campaign promise. “It’s a little unfortunate, in that logic and common sense suggest that it would be a good crime-fighting tool.”
The database “was a waste,” said Frank Sloane, owner of Pasadena Gun & Pawn in Anne Arundel County. “There’s things that they could have done that would have made sense. This didn’t make any sense.”
Not a single case.
This is a total failure on the part of the State of Maryland along with the liberals who run the city. This program wasn’t put in place by the ailing current Governor, so I won’t blame him, but hopefully when things turn around, he puts a stop to these liberal policies for good.
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H/T – Baltimore Sun