The Onslow County Sheriff's Office has a new way to identify the fingerprint of a firearm.
Before the Onlsow County Sheriff's Office had this new machine they would send firearms to the SBI lab or the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office for forensic testing.
The $3,000 ballistic bullet catcher is designed to allow officials to shoot into it safely so the bullet and shell casing can be looked at and identified. The catcher is full of kevlar, the same material bullet proof vests are made out of, this material takes away the energy from the bullet when it is shot into it. The kevlar is able to slow the bullet down without deforming it. All firearms have their own fingerprint and this machine will help the sheriff's office identify other bullets from firearms they seize.
The firearm forensics will go into a database officials hope will help them link firearm crimes in Onslow and other jurisdictions.
Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown will unveil advances in crime fighting technology.
Tuesday the sheriff's office will demonstrate a new forensic bullet catch chamber that will be used to begin a firearms forensic identification program.
Firearm identification is the process of analyzing the bullets and cartridge cases left at a crime scene to determine if they came from a