Sources tell Team 5 Investigates’ Kathy Curran the gun in question was a Ruger 9MM and it came from Maine. Team 5 Investigates has learned even though the serial number on the gun was obliterated, investigators were able to identify it.
“It doesn’t surprise me that a criminal can get access to a firearm no matter how many laws we have in place at the federal or state level,”
Originally posted by Krakatoa
I wonder how they were able to still identify the weapon when the serial number was "obliterated"? Are there secret identifiers being built into guns now that the public is not privy too?
Serial number restorations can be attempted because when a serial number is stamped into a piece of metal, the molecular structure of the metal changes forever. Even if the surface is ground away or filed down, the structure of the metal molecules that remain may have a “memory” of the original stamp. By applying different restoration methods, including acid etching and magnetic techniques, the original stamp can often times be at least partially restored. (Source)
Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
to the OP,whats the point of pointing this out?
Does it really matter?edit on 22-6-2013 by Lil Drummerboy because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SmikeS
Ruger test fires the gun creating a ballistic fingerprint...