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Gun supporters hail end of state funding for spent-shell database

$1.2M for CoBIS called waste of money

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Gun supporters are celebrating the end of the state’s combined ballistic identification system, an electronic database of spent shell casings. Created about a decade ago by then-Gov. George Pataki, CoBIS required all new handguns sold in New York to be test-fired, the casings collected and the marks on the spent shells digitized and stored in the database. The idea was that investigators would be able to connect the marks on the shells in the database ...

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