Police Report Urges Scrapping Ballistics Database
Maryland and New York are the only two states that require ballistic fingerprinting on handguns. A Maryland state police report recomemends repealing the law:
A law requiring Maryland State Police to collect ballistics information from each handgun sold in the state has not aided a single criminal investigation and should be repealed, a state police report has concluded.
About $2.5 million has been spent on the program so far. Col. Thomas E. Hutchins, the state police superintendent, said he would prefer spending the money on proven crime-fighting techniques.
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