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Firearms and Toolmarks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 

Q:  How should evidence be packaged for submission to the Firearms and Toolmarks Unit?
Q:  Can I mail my evidence to the laboratory for analysis?
Q:  What is NIBIN?
Q:  What is IBIS?
Q:  What is evaluated for IBIS entry?
Q:  What is not evaluated for IBIS entry?
Q:  Who do I talk to about handgun licensing?
Q:  My gun was confiscated and sent to the OSBI. Who do I talk to about that?

 

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Q: How should evidence be packaged for submission to the Firearms and Toolmarks Unit?
A: All firearms must be unloaded when submitted – no exceptions. Firearms should be submitted in a handgun box, sealed plastic bag or manila envelope. Loose ammunition should never be packaged in the same container as a firearm.

Q: Can I mail my evidence to the laboratory for analysis?
A: No. For safety concerns, firearms may not be mailed for submission. However, all OSBI laboratory locations accept firearms evidence and will transfer such evidence to the Firearm and Toolmark Unit located in Edmond, OK.

Q: What is NIBIN?
A: NIBIN stands for the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. Please, click here for further information. NIBIN is accessed through IBIS.

Q: What is IBIS?
A: IBIS stands for the Integrated Ballistics Identification System. It is a database of cartridge case images. When a cartridge case is entered into the system, a proprietary algorithm returns a list of possible ‘matches.’  IBIS does not identify a specific firearm but rather provides investigative leads that must be verified on a comparison microscope by a firearms examiner.

Q: What is evaluated for IBIS entry?
A: Semi-automatic pistols of the following calibers:
          22 LR / 22 Long Rifle
          25 Auto / 25 ACP
          32 Auto / 32 ACP
          380 Auto / 9mm kurz / 9mm Corto
          9x18 MAK / 9x18 Makarov
          9mm Luger / 9mm Parabellum
          357 SIG
          40 S&W / 40 Auto
          10mm Auto
          45 Auto / 45 ACP
   Semi-automatic rifles of the following calibers:
          22 LR / 22 Long Rifle
          223 REM / 5.56x45mm (example: AR-15)
          7.62x39mm (example: AK-47)
          Rifles that fire any of the above pistol calibers
   Pump-action shotguns
   Semi-automatic shotguns

Q: What is not evaluated for IBIS entry?
A: Revolvers, single shot and/or break-open shotguns, lever action rifles, bolt action rifles or shotguns, antiques / muzzle loaders / blackpowder, or hunting rifle calibers (i.e. 30-06 SPRG, 7mm Mauser, 303 British, 308 WIN, 243 WIN).

Q: Who do I talk to about handgun licensing?
A: Please, click here for all information regarding handgun licensing. The Firearms and Toolmarks Unit is NOT responsible for handgun licensing and can provide no information concerning your handgun licensing application, etc.

Q: My gun was confiscated and sent to the OSBI. Who do I talk to about that?
A: The Firearms and Toolmarks Unit is unable to release case information to civilians. Please, contact your case agent for information regarding your property.