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A law enforcement officer examines a “hit” from an automated database that compares two or more bullets to determine if they were fired by the same weapon. (Photo credit: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)

New York officials plan to end the state’s decade-old ballistic identification system and use that funding for crime labs to connect better to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.

New York’s Combined Ballistic Identification System, or CoBIS, costs about $1.2 million annually.

It requires firearms dealers who received a new handgun from a manufacturer after March 1, 2001 to ensure the firearm was accompanied by a sample cartridge submitted to the state databank or else take it to State Police for test firing.

The Cuomo administration proposed the change, which is included in the budget lawmakers are adopting Friday.

State police say there have been only two “hits” in the state system that had more than 356,000 casings at the end of last year, while investigators had 366 hits in the federal system.

Source: The Associated Press via NJ Herald.

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