A failed effort to to track shell casings in the interest of solving crimes appears to be heading to legislative repeal.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said they applaud Governor Cuomo’s proposal to scrap the Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS). After collecting over 356,000 spent shell casings since March 2001 at an estimated cost of nearly $44 million, not a single crime has been solved because of the program, NYSRPA says.
“By any rational measure, CoBIS has been a total failure,” said NYSRPA President Tom King. “What is astounding is that there are actually elected officials defending it. Only in Albany would you find people who think that a program which has run for more than 10 years without producing a single result is good public policy.”
The legislature can end the failed system by passing A-1131/S-459.
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowksi said, “Over the past few years I have had many meetings where people have called into question the effectiveness and cost of the CoBIS program. I plan on consulting with law enforcement during budget negotiations, however, my initial reaction is that it may be the time to end this program and seek alternative, more cost effective law enforcement tools.”
Assemblywoman Annie Rabbit said, “I fully support eliminating the failed COBIS program immediately. It has been a waste of precious taxpayer money.”

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