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  •  LIberally sprinkling taggants at a crime scene.. (0+ / 0-)

    will not confuse the cops. they don't use a dust pan to gather evidence.  They examine bomb parts that have taggants fused in the metal (or whatever).

    Same tired argument, "but what if.."

    “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”

    by frenchy339 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 08:55:30 AM PDT

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    •  It's called a revolver. (3+ / 0-)
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      Shamash, PavePusher, andalusi

      It's also called "policing your brass".

      If either of these are done then all the cops have of the powder taggant is what was flung through the air and settled on the ground.

      MB used to think these things through. What happened to him?!?! Where has the rational thinker gone?

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      they don't use a dust pan to gather evidence
      Actually, they do. Microtaggants are designed with magnetic layers so you can sweep the crime scene with a magnet and pick them up.

      From a taggant study done by the explosive industry, who last I checked was not in the pocket of the NRA:

      Furthermore, if taggants were required in all explosives, future bombing crime scenes would be contaminated with countless different taggants. A taggant from a criminal bomb would not be distinguishable from those taggants at the scene resulting from the legitimate use of explosives to produce building materials such as concrete, mortar and stone and the construction of roads and highways. The finding of multiple taggants would seriously complicate the investigation and certainly any eventual prosecution, further eroding any value gained from a tagging program.

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