Leah Barrett, executive director of CeaseFire Maryland, said police are not using the database enough, instead relying on a national ballistics database that only has ballistics images from crime scenes. As a result, she said, the national database can’t lead investigators directly to the specific firearm that produced a recovered ballistic image unless the gun is eventually recovered.
She said scrapping the state program could deal a setback to better ballistics imaging.
“I think it’s a real tragedy because other states are looking at New York and Maryland to see how we succeed with this,” she said.
“To see how we succeed with this.”???? The possibility it has failed is apparently not in her domain of thought processes.