Technician's View: 'Fingerprinting' firearms will not end crime

The recent sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area have sparked a strong debate about beginning a national database program recording the "fingerprints" of every gun sold. The formation of such a program may make lawmakers feel as if they are keeping our streets safe, but a national program of this magnitude would be complicated and difficult to control, and it would take years to construct and without necessarily leading to the benefits some groups optimistically expect.

The entire concept of fingerprinting guns sounds like an easy solution to find the origin of every bullet fired, but there are many flaws with this system and ways to alter the fingerprint of a firearm. Even lawmakers are mixed about how the need to catch criminals balances with the cost, resources and possible inaccuracies involved with initiating such a program.

This entry was published Sat Sep 24 10:43:35 CDT 2005 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2005-09-24 10:43:35.0. [Tweet]

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