Ballistic 'Fingerprints' The sniper has officials in Washington paying attention. The White House has told federal firearms regulators to study establishing a national database that could track the ballistic signature of individual guns. Congress has resisted that idea to date, and only turned to other gun-control legislation this week, after the Washington sniper story became a local obsession. NPR's David Welna reports from the Capitol.
NPR logo

Ballistic 'Fingerprints'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1151773/151773" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Ballistic 'Fingerprints'

Ballistic 'Fingerprints'

Ballistic 'Fingerprints'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1151773/151773" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The sniper has officials in Washington paying attention. The White House has told federal firearms regulators to study establishing a national database that could track the ballistic signature of individual guns. Congress has resisted that idea to date, and only turned to other gun-control legislation this week, after the Washington sniper story became a local obsession. NPR's David Welna reports from the Capitol.