- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police have received a new piece of equipment that links offenders to crimes involving guns.

Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1sfH0Nq ) reports the IBS machine creates high-definition images of specific markings left on shell casings by a gun’s firing pins. The department’s firearms technician says the unique marks won’t be worn down over time due to continual use because they’re like fingerprints.

Officers will be able to compare the images to casings collected throughout the state and country via the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.

Police officials say the device cost $300,000 and was paid for by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They ultimately hope the IBS machine will help them catch more people who use guns to commit crimes.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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