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Assessing the Scientific Validity of Forensic Firearm Examination

March 25th, 2024

This study aims to investigate the scientific validity of forensic firearm comparisons. It seeks to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of the methods used by firearms examiners in determining the common origin of bullets or cartridge cases. By conducting a literature review and analyzing existing studies, the researchers assess the design and statistical analysis methods employed in evaluating firearm examiner performance. Ultimately, the study aims to determine whether the field of forensic firearm examination meets the criteria for scientific validity, including accuracy, repeatability, and reproducibility, as well as to identify any methodological flaws that may exist within the current body of research. The conclusion of this study is that the field of forensic firearm examination lacks scientific validity due to significant methodological flaws identified in existing studies. 

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AG Platkin Finds Microstamping Technology Viable for Use in Commercial Firearms Following Live-Fire Testing

February 28th, 2024

Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced that, based on both live-fire testing results and existing peer-reviewed studies, microstamping technology is a viable means of matching an expended cartridge case to the weapon from which it was discharged. This finding represents an important step toward establishing a roster of microstamping-enabled commercial firearms, as contemplated by P.L. 2022, c. 57. Governor Phil Murphy signed that law in 2022 to facilitate the rollout and adoption of microstamping technology for firearms made available for sale to the New Jersey public.

“This technology gives law enforcement an innovative tool to identify crime guns and bring perpetrators to justice,” said Attorney General Platkin. “Now that we have certified that this technology is viable, we urge gun manufacturers to adopt microstamping technology in their production facilities and apply for placement on New Jersey’s microstamping-enabled firearms roster.”

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Breaking: New Jersey’s AG Platkin Announces Adoption of Standards and Processes for Microstamping-Enabled Firearms Roster

August 23rd, 2023

“This amazing yet straightforward technology – imprinting unique identifiers on the firing pin of firearms – will have a profound impact on public safety across the state,” said Attorney General Platkin. “Thanks to Governor Murphy, New Jersey is a national leader in innovative approaches to reducing gun violence, and microstamping is the latest example of that. Its adoption will aid our law enforcement officers in swiftly identifying crime guns and holding perpetrators accountable.”

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Maryland Court states “Forensics can only identify, “TYPE” not “PARTICULAR” firearms when it comes to ballistic evidence found at a crime scene.

June 20th, 2023

Opinion, “Kobina Ebo Baroque v. State of Maryland, No. 10, September Term, 2022. Opinion by Fader, C.J., EVIDENCE EXPERT EVIDENCE”

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The Field of Firearms Forensics Is Flawed

March 15th, 2023

Shortcomings of current firearm forensic examination left experts disagreeing 32-69% of the time on the origin of a bullet in the study below. Reducing uncertainty through the utilization of microstamping technology is a simple solution to ensure accuracy. Read the article below to learn more.

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TACLABS Demonstrates Microstamping Capabilities with New Jersey Acting Attorney General

June 14th, 2022

Todd Lizotte, President and CEO of TACLABS, demonstrates Microstamping at Brady United Against Gun Violence event

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New push in NY to force gunmakers to adopt microstamping


The founder of TACLABS and co-inventor of Microstamping technology, Todd Lizotte, was recently interviewed by the Associated Press about the new microstamping legislation in NY.

“The issue here is providing a forensic tool to identify a firearm when a firearm is not recovered,” said Todd Lizotte

N.Y. Passes a Bill That Raises the Age to Buy and Own Semi-automatic Rifles and Implements Microstamping for New Guns


“New York’s legislature voted Thursday to ban anyone under age 21 from buying or possessing a semi-automatic rifle, a major change to state firearm laws pushed through less than three weeks after an 18-year-old used one of the guns to kill 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo.

Other new legislation will restrict civilian purchases of bullet-resistant armor, which was worn by the killer in Buffalo, and require new guns to be equipped with microstamping technology that can help law enforcement investigators trace bullets to particular firearms.”

Governor Hochul Announces Support for Comprehensive Package to Combat Rise in Domestic Terrorism


Governor Hochul is also working with the Legislature to pass two bills to address and streamline the investigation of gun-related crimes. The first would set forth a process to require semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to licensed dealers in New York to be microstamping-enabled. Microstamping is an innovative ammunition-marking technique that marks bullets and cartridge cases with a unique fingerprint each time a firearm is discharged. This allows investigators to link bullets and casings recovered at crime scenes to a specific gun and potentially other crimes. The second piece of legislation would strengthen gun reporting protocols by requiring all law enforcement agencies to report the recovery of any crime gun within 24 hours of their discovery.”

Governor Murphy Announces Support For Comprehensive Gun Safety Bill Package in Current Legislative Session


As part of his ongoing commitment to meaningfully address the nation’s gun violence crisis, Governor Phil Murphy today urged legislators to take action in the coming weeks and pass a comprehensive gun safety legislative package that was initially proposed by the Governor in April. If passed by the Legislature and signed into law, the bill package discussed today would be the third wide-ranging gun safety package signed by the Governor since taking office. The Governor also thanked Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for his commitment to posting the package during the current legislative session. Among the measures are reforms that would ensure firearms are handled safely, provide additional tools to law enforcement, and regulate school shooting drills.”

Giving Law Enforcement the Tools to Address Gun Violence

  • Promoting Microstamping Technology:  S-3826/A-5787 (Weinberg/Downey) would require within a year that firearm manufacturers incorporate microstamping technology into new handguns sold in New Jersey, providing law enforcement with a tool to quickly link firearm cartridge casings found at the scene of a crime to a specific firearm, without having to recover the firearm itself.

TACLABS™ starts testing on composite/ plastic cartridge cases


TACLABS™ acquires samples of a new type of
composite cartridge.  Available in .308 Cal, TACLABS™ will test the ammunitions primer and head stamp configuration.  As a composite/plastic cartridge case, TACLABS™ intends to demonstrate its capabilities for microstamping the primer and understand how the inserted head stamp element
and primer compare to a standard brass monolithic style cartridge case. Todd Lizotte, President & CEO of TACLABS™, commented, “The concept of using a composite is unique to ammunition, and it could become a new standard in
military and civilian ammunition worldwide.  We are excited to test our technology with these new cartridges and hope to see the emergence of smaller caliber designs.”

Without government action, the private sector must act on gun violence prevention

The Michigan Daily, Lydia Storella 2021

There are technological innovations that could be implemented in guns to make them safer for consumers. One innovation is designing guns that only work for specific people by connecting the guns to RFID tags on watches or rings. Another is using biometric technology by requiring proof of identity to use the gun, such as voice activation, a retinal scan or a fingerprint. The final strategy is using “microstamping” technology so that guns imprint unique marks on the cartridge casings as the rounds are fired.”

TACLABS Presenting at Forensics Europe Expo London 2021 September 14th!

Intentional Firearm Microstamping: Targeting Firearm / Light Weapons Trafficking


This presentation will introduce, a powerful law enforcement and forensic investigative technology called Intentional Firearm Microstamping (IFM).  Once embedded and deployed into firearms and light weapons, IFM will provide data for identifying and tracking the sources of illegally trafficked firearms throughout the world.  Intentional Firearm Microstamping is a micro code technology that leverages a micromachining process to form optimally located, microscopic “intentional structures and markings” on components within a firearm. Thus, when the firearm is fired, these IFM structures transfer an identifying tracking code onto the expended cartridge that is ejected from the firearm.  Intentional Firearm Microstamped structures are alpha numeric and encoded geometric tracking numbers, linked to the serial number of the firearm. Click here to learn more!

Adopting Microstamping technology from US-based TACLABS will Deliver Actionable Intelligence to Combat Illicit Firearms Trafficking 


Our newly released article in Empact Firearm/ Europol brings our technology to the other side of the sea. Intentional Firearm Microstamping and its benefits to international trafficking of firearms brings an enlightening overview of why IFM greatly increases the flow of useful data for tracking of illicit firearm trafficking, how it can detect patterns, and how it can bring bigger corporate responsibility to the firearms manufacturers.

P.A.K Rounds Testing


TACLABS is well underway in optimizing Intentional Firearm Microstamping (IFM) for 9mm P.A.K starting pistol cartridges. Learn more about how P.A.K ammunition has been used in illegal arms trafficking internationally in the links below!

Monitoring Illicit Arms Flow

Monitoring The Response To Converted Firearms In Europe

Marking and Tracing Small Arms and Light Weapons





2021 Microstamping Report 


The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence has released an intensive report on the benefits of Intentional Firearm Microstamping (IFM). This hard-hitting read includes important information about Microstamping from the inventors of this modernized technology. Explore the benefits of IFM and how it can be used as a tool to make communities safer. 

California Governor Passes AB2847 Into Law 


Governor Gavin Newsom passed bill AB2847 into law on 9/29/2020. This new law requires that all new handguns must have 1 “microstamp ready” area within the firearm. This lowers the initial 2 stamp requirement of AB1471 to only 1, cutting costs and challenges for manufacturers. 

TACLABS Creates Firing Pin Stamping Machine


TACLABS™ engineering team has developed numerous development, testing, and verification tools for enhancing the lifetime of the microstamping elements placed into semiautomatic firearms. One such tool is the ALT machinery shown in the video to the right. ALT, which means “Accelerated Lifetime Testing,” is used by the TACLABS™ team for testing firing pin alphanumeric, geometric and holographic code micro structures to the impact dynamics of a semiautomatic firearm. By cycling the ALT mechanism, different caliber firing pins into cartridge brass stock, which has the same hardness, thickness, and general mechanical properties as cartridge primers.  The TACLABS™ ALT machinery allows for several variables to be adjusted to tune to different firearm mechanisms and spring forces to demonstrate transfer ability, (firing pin) work hardening, and firing pin microstamp longevity over thousands of stampings.

California Passes Law That Requires Microstamping


Governor Arnold Swartsnager signs AB1471 into law , which requires that all new firearms have intentional microstamped serial numbers imprinted internally for forensic purposes. This is the first huge win in implementing intentional firearm microstamping into action within the U.S. 

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