The purpose of this toolkit is to help prosecutors understand what NIBIN is and what it isn’t. Improving this understanding will make it easier for prosecutors to take advantage of NIBIN’s benefits and weave NIBIN deeper into the fabric of criminal prosecution to maximize its public-safety impact. More importantly, a solid understanding of NIBIN enables prosecutors to correctly position this essential, firearm-crime reduction technology to help convict dangerous criminals and to protect those convictions on appeal. A court decision that excludes, devalues, or undermines NIBIN would be a serious setback to the use of forensic technology to obtain and uphold convictions that improve public safety.
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