FBI, ATF create ballistics net

FBI, ATF create ballistics net

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms last month began work on the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, a system that will help law enforcement officials identify violent criminals based on gun data.

NIBIN will combine the ATF Integrated Ballistics Information System and the FBI Drugfire system. Each of the databases houses information about cartridge cases and images of bullets. The bureaus in 1997 agreed to unify federal ballistics technology.

'Combining these two technologies will help ensure that when a firearm is used in any crime, law enforcement will have the best information available to be able to quickly identify it, trace it and pursue the criminal who used it,' former ATF director John W. Magaw said.

'William Jackson, Christopher J. Dorobek and Shruti Dat'

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