NYS has spent more than $40 million according to the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association to collect identifying data from the shell casings of all new handguns sold in the state. The rationale for CoBIS (Combined Ballistic Identification System) was that by tracking shell markings police agencies would be able to solve more crimes and put more bad guys and gals behind bars. The folks at NYSRPA claim the expenditure has not resulted in a single arrest, much less a conviction for a crime. If this is not true, I hope some responsible person will contact us. NYSRPA argues in tough fiscal times NYS cannot afford to continue the program. Should the program be kept going or should we shell (I mean shelf) it? Vote now on the Empire Page’s poll question of the week.