This document has three primary purposes. The first is to highlight the cost to society of firearm-related injuries. This is not only in terms of lives of adults and children and the standard of living with regard to neighborhood safety, but also the economic cost. The second is to discuss a bit of history to help set the framework for the needed change that has to come in terms of philosophy. The third is to identify details of the new approach so that there can be a more effective coordination between NIBIN and forensic science laboratory efforts. Weaved throughout the document will be an acknowledgment of common concerns such as accreditation guidelines and supposed restrictions.
Author: Ronald Nichols
Federal Sponsor Agency: ATF