Support Better Ballistic Identification to Aid in Crime Scene Investigations

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Goal: United States Congress

Target: Support legally mandated microstamping on all commercially available guns

Thousands of people are killed each year by gun violence, and many of the killers are not caught because they cannot be identified. Ballistic identification is used to match a gun to a bullet, but it is not exact. A more precise form of identification is available for wide use, but it faces controversy for being put into practice. This identification is called microstamping, and it is an inexpensive way to give a precise match to every bullet.

Microstamping is a technique of stamping the casing of the bullet fired with the serial number of the gun. When the casing is recovered, the police will be able to find the owner of the gun by looking up its serial number. The stamp would be created on the gun’s firing pin by using a laser to engrave it. Engraving the firing pin would cost between 50 cents and $6, which is relatively inexpensive and easy to do for every gun.

Gun rights proponents are strongly opposed to microstamping, claiming that it will be expensive and useless. However, their claims have been proved untrue. Microstamping will not limit gun ownership or use in any way—it will only help the police when the guns have been used for illegal activity. Tell Congress to legally mandate microstamping now.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Ballistics identification is an issue for law enforcement across the United States. Many police departments are unable to make positive identifications on shell casings recovered from crime scenes. However, microstamping is an inexpensive and efficient way for precise identification of guns used. Microstamping is a process of engraving the gun’s serial number on its firing pin, so when a bullet is fired, the number is stamped on the casing.

I ask you to legally mandate microstamping for commercially available guns across the United States. This will help law enforcement departments all over the country catch those who have committed violent crimes. Additionally, microstamping will not affect the current laws of gun ownership or use. It will only deter illegal gun violence.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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