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1803, 08 Nov 15

Maryland Scraps Gun “Fingerprint” System

Not a single case

Millions of dollars later, Maryland has officially decided that its 15-year effort to store and catalog the “fingerprints” of thousands of handguns was a failure.

Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold here and send the spent bullet casing to authorities. The idea was to build a database of “ballistic fingerprints” to help solve future crimes.

But the system — plagued by technological problems — never solved a single case. Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings could be sold for scrap.

Good for Maryland to recognize the failure after 15 years and stop it. There are plenty of failed government programs that have gone on for much longer.


1803, 08 November 2015


  1. Captain Ned

    Ida May Fuller, resident of Barre, VT
    January 31, 1940.

  2. Captain Ned

    Owen contacted me off-grid wondering what I was doing. The details I gave above are the first-ever Social Security check issued by the Gov’t and all of the details I quoted came straight from the History section of Social Security’s website.

  3. scott

    Sounds like a fairly decent idea implemented really, really badly.

  4. Dan

    Typical moronic liberal response, scott. Spend thousands if not millions on dollars on a project that produces no results at all..0% success rate.
    and you say it was a good idea, just poorly implanted.
    scott, you are exhibit A in the study that liberalism is a mental disease.

  5. John Foust

    Dan, what’s the track record of programs that test the urine of welfare recipients?

  6. old baldy

    Maybe dan could give the success rate of voter fraud investigations as well. And explain where he thought the idea should be implanted.

  7. John Foust

    Darn. No “crickets” emoji.

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