One of my few claims to fame has been that I have been tracking CoBIS for all of the years, (11 years,) that it has been the law in NY. How much money was wasted we will never know but even accepting NY States’ propaganda numbers on the low side, the cost has to have run from at least $19,000,000 to as high as $44,000,000. I think that the true number is probably in the $22,000,000 to $30,000,000 range because CoBIS was not the only program that some of the people were working so you can’t charge all of their cost to CoBIS. (But it is NY state government so one can ever say that the true cost of any program is not two or three times more that what we think that it is.) More than the money was the 200,000 to 250,00 NY State Police man hours that have been wasted on this program. Even till the end, NYAG and other anti-gun groups have not only been against ending CoBIS but they were pushing to expanding the program to include all guns.
The anti-gun groups have seen the writing on the wall for the past few years so they knew that they needed to find another new “high tech” way to do the same thing as CoBIS but something that would not cost the NY State anything and for fill their dream, as a DCJS spokeswoman said all the way back in 2004 when talking about CoBIS, “Gun fingerprinting has the power to provide powerful evidence that can solve crimes,” A few years ago they found what they think and claim is the new powerful, cheep and magic bullet that will end all gun crime or at least most of it; (Ta Da,) Microstamping. Anti-gunners lead in the NY Senate by Senator Jose R. Peralta, is trying to pass a Microstamping bill and tried to have it included in Gov. Cuomo’s budget but it did not make it in the budget.
We finally won one in NY but don’t think that NYAGV and their supporters like Bloomburg are going away. They will try to pass Microstamping and other anti-gun bills to make up for it. Things like renewable handgun licenses, licensing all long guns with a renewable license, higher fees, new assault weapons bans without any grandfather clauses are all just some of the things that they are pushing for and they are things that are bills in the assembly now, this year, 2012.
We also have several legal cases that we lost on the first go around they will be taken to the next court. If you want to do more then give some money to the NYSRPA for the legal fund.
One of my best moments was when I got an email from a member of the Federal Police of Brazil. In broken English he said that they had been researching CoBIS and they were thinking about adopting it for Brazil because everyone said how great it was and then he found my web page and saw how bad it was. He thanked me for having the information.
Note that they say that they are only going to save $200,000 in the budget. That is because the people who worked on the program will be assigned to other “more effective” programs. They will only save on the cost and maintenance of the equipment.
2012-13 NEW YORK STATE EXECUTIVE BUDGET
PUBLIC PROTECTION AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT
ARTICLE VII LEGISLATION
(Part B, page 13)
16 Section 1. Section 396-ff of the general business law is REPEALED.
17 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Part B – Repeal the requirement for a pistol and revolver ballistic identification database, known as CoBIS and replaced with a nationally recognized alternative.
This bill will permit the Division of State Police to terminate maintenance of a pistol and revolver ballistic identification database, known as CoBIS.
Statement in Support, Summary of Provisions, Existing Law, and Prior Legislative History:
Under current statute, the State Police is required to maintain a pistol and revolver ballistic identification database, which has become known as CoBIS (Combined Ballistic
Identification System). It was designed to identify guns used in crimes by comparing unique markings on the shells of the expended casings with the marks made on all reference shells that gunsmiths and dealers send the State Police for every firearm sold in the State. Against the ballistic information for thousands of weapons entered into the system since its inception, only a few matches have been made and no associated crimes have been solved. Given the frequency of violent crimes being committed with firearms that are either reported stolen or were transported into the State illegally, CoBIS is an ineffective crime-solving tool and cannot be viewed as cost effective.
This bill would repeal section 396-ff of the General Business Law to permit the State Police to eliminate CoBIS. Rather than continue support for this ineffective database, the State will invest in enhanced systems and equipment that will permit local and State crime laboratories to maximize their use of the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN). This system, which is already used by New York State law enforcement as an effective crime-solving tool, allows firearms technicians to compare markings on bullets and cartridges recovered from a crime scene with similar evidence recovered from crime scenes in other jurisdictions.
This measure will generate approximately $200,000 in savings associated with discontinuing maintenance of CoBIS. These savings will be re-invested in upgraded systems and equipment that will permit more effective use of NIBIN by local and State crime laboratories.
This bill takes effect immediately.