This Machine Could Prevent Gun Violence — If Only Cops Used It

themarshallproject.org

By Beth Schwartzapfel

On a humid day in April 2009, the sound of gunfire drew police to a suburban home in Jefferson Parish, La. Officers found no shooters or victims — just an empty backyard littered with shell casings. In an area with the nation’s highest gun death rate, the incident seemed pretty minor. “Garden-variety case,” is how one detective described it.

Still, the casings were taken to the crime lab and entered into a huge federal database run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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