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Scrapped: Maryland ends bullet ID program after 15 years, $5M and zero cases solved

Big ChiefBig Chief Senior MemberPosts: 32,995 Senior Member
"An ambitious plan by Maryland to catalog the “fingerprint” of every gun sold in the state -- making dealers fire a shot and send in the spent casing -- is being scrapped, literally.

State authorities have conceded that the bullet ID program, enacted in 2000, cost $5 million, was plagued by technical problems and did not solve a single crime. Now, the 300,000 shell casings, one from every handgun sold in the state since the law took effect, will now be sold for scrap metal."

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/10/scrapped-maryland-ends-bullet-id-program-after-15-years-5m-and-zero-cases/?intcmp=hpbt1
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    First off: good riddance.

    Secondly: I sincerely doubt it only cost $5 million. Isn't this the reason why ALL handguns in the states had the fired case included?
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,640 Senior Member
    Don't worry - microstamping will solve all!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    Don't worry - microstamping will solve all!

    And some sandpaper, steel wool, and polishing compound will solve that. It ain't rocket surgery! :rotflmao:
      I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer”
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    You need gun registration for the system to work. The IBIS program has been implemented just a few years ago down here and according to a local "CSI" friend that works in forensic ballistics, it has helped to solve multiple crimes since a particular gun can be linked to a series of crimes and even allow the tracing of the criminal chain that ended up putting a gun in the hands of a robber or murderer.

    That said, NEVER allow registering; it's step one for eventual ban of private ownership of firearms, as we're currently experimenting here.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,640 Senior Member
    tennmike wrote: »
    And some sandpaper, steel wool, and polishing compound will solve that. It ain't rocket surgery! :rotflmao:

    Bu, bu, but that will be ILLEGAL! Anyone caught with a gun so modified will be arrested!! :conehead:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,798 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    Bu, bu, but that will be ILLEGAL! Anyone caught with a gun so modified will be arrested!! :conehead:

    Only if that is the only charge that can be pinned on the perpetrator, i.e. an otherwise law-abiding citizen. A murderer or a thief will be charged for so many different things that they won't even notice, then will probably be released.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,640 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    Only if that is the only charge that can be pinned on the perpetrator, i.e. an otherwise law-abiding citizen. A murderer or a thief will be charged for so many different things that they won't even notice, then will probably be released.
    Yep, and the law-abiding citizen will get life without possibility of parole. :cuss:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Maryland was smart enough to stop at 5. New York went well past $10 million before they quietly pulled the plug. Not ONE case ever solved...

    I still say those numbers are heavily massaged. When is the last time you heard of ANY government entity able to run a program for fifteen years for (relatively speaking) so little money...ESPECIALLY if that program is going to single-handedly end violent crime? Sorry Maryland, you may have finally gotten it right after fifteen years, but I'm throwing the BS flag.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,187 Senior Member
    Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of gun-hating, full time, hardcore, professional digestive tract termini. And you may quote me at will.
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
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