Police in Indianapolis will test a new tool that will allow officers to gather DNA from handguns at a crime scene, reports the Indianapolis Star. The Trigger ID device will be used to swab guns before they are moved, enhancing the chances for recovering DNA evidence. “This device has the potential to increase arrests and the prosecution of individuals who commit gun crimes in our area,” said a police department statement.
The Trigger ID kit contains three swabs and is small enough to fit in an officer’s pocket. The swabs are designed collect DNA specimens from handguns in rain, snow, or other harsh conditions. The device was made by Indianapolis-based Forensic ID.