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April 10, 2012

The End of CoBIS in NY

( -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (pictured below) recently signed the state budget into law, which in effect immediately eliminated the Combined Ballistics Identification System (CoBIS). As important, the budget did not contain a microstamping provision sought by anti-gun legislators.

Killing the state's ineffective ballistic identification database is a major victory for manufacturers, retailers and law-abiding firearms owners throughout New York. The CoBIS was put in place in 2000 by then Gov. George Pataki.

In the words of the New York Post today: "Trouble is, the Pataki program NEVER worked. Despite the hundreds of thousands of spent shells submitted, not one criminal was ever captured using the extensive and costly-to-maintain database, state officials concede."

This wasteful and ineffective program doesn't work any better in Maryland, the only state that still requires ballistics imaging, NSSF said.

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