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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Microstamping & Ballistics in New York.’ Crime Guns. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 27 February
Microstamping and Ballistic Identification in New York
New York law requires any firearms manufacturer that ships, transports or delivers a handgun to any person in New York to include a separate sealed container with a shell casing of a bullet or projectile discharged from the handgun, along with additional information that identifies the handgun and shell casing.
Any state-licensed gunsmith or firearms dealer must, within ten days of delivering a handgun received on or after March 1, 2001, forward to the Division of State Police the sealed container enclosing the shell casing from the handgun.
The state police must enter the pertinent ballistic information into an automated electronic databank (the "Combined Ballistic Identification System" or "CoBIS") designed to ensure compatibility with national ballistic technology…
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