Mandating electronic ballistic registration of firearms
These areas are selected and optically “marked” by the technician as the bullet is viewed while being rotated.
Shell casings are much simpler to acquire requiring no manipulation of the specimen.
This investment is currently being utilized as an information super highway in the solving of firearms-related violent crimes by ATF and participating law enforcement agencies.
Since January 2004, ATF is under the United States Department of Justice.
One analysis station can handle the data from several acquisition stations.The best evidence in linking a firearm to a specific crime is matching the recovered projectile and cartridge casings to the suspect firearm.The IBIS consists of two separate work stations — a Data Acquisition Station and an Image Analysis Station. The Data Acquisition Station is used to collect image data. Laser optics focus on the bullet’s land markings, and a computer digitally maps and records the significant areas on the bullet’s surface.The numerical probability of a match is given for each candidate on the list eliminating the need for the examiner to visually compare unlikely candidates.
By doing automated searches, the system speeds up and optimizes time spent on comparisons. The Forensic Science Provider (FSP) will be able to advise in any case where "lethality" is likely to be an issue.