Review AB1717 report Technical Evaluation: Feasibility of a Ballistics Imaging Database for All New Handgun Sales
Dr. Jan De Kinder Ballistics Section, Head
National Institute for Forensic Science (NICC/INCC)
Department of Justice
Vilvoordsesteenweg 98-100 B-1120 Brussels
This is an independent review of the project report entitled "Technical Evaluation: Feasibility of a Ballistics Imaging Database for All New Handgun Sales" (referred to hereinafter as the “AB1717 Evaluation” or the “Evaluation”). The experimental work conducted in the Evaluation was found to be in agreement with general scientific principles and with the current knowledge in the field of forensic firearms identification. Rebuttals to the project report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), and by the system manufacturer, Forensic Technology Inc. (FTI), were examined and dismissed for the reasons detailed below.