6/22/2012
Microstamping Could Give Forensics a Much-Needed Upgrade

Brand new developments have been in the making within the forensics industry. There is a new technique that provides a more efficient way of determining crucial evidence details. This latest approach is called microstamping. It involves laser technology -- stamping a numeric code on shell casings to identify a firearm used in a crime. This shell casing could immediately be tracked to the gun that fired it and could prove invaluable to forensics crime labs all across the country.

Webster & Associates has been supplying government entities and other forensics teams with the latest forensics, lab, and medical equipment and supplies for years. Webster is intrigued by the microstamping invention and its potential growth within the forensics and crime lab sector.

Identifying the firearm used in a crime is one of the biggest challenges for criminal investigators. Microstamping could eliminate many discrepencies in  crime scene evidence.

Supporters of microstamping are confident in its advantages over ballistic analysis. Compared to microstamping, ballistic analysis could be described as outdated or inefficient. Ballistic analysis has been used for over a century and depends on matching incidental tool marks on bullets and cartridge casings to show that a particular weapon was used.

“I think it is one of these things in law enforcement that would just take us from the Stone Age to the jet age in an instant,” said Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III of the Baltimore Police Department. “I just can’t comprehend the opposition to it.”

However there is opposition to microstamping. Those who oppose it, including the National Rifle Association, argue that microstamping would unfairly focus on legal gun owners when most crimes are committed with illegally obtained guns.

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