We provide valuable tools for police to solve firearm-related crime and prevent gun crime in Australia. These include the Australian Ballistic Information Network, Australian Firearms Information Network, National Firearms Identification Database and the National Firearms Trace Program.
The Australian Ballistic Information Network helps police across Australia electronically match crime scene ballistic evidence to the weapon used in the crime.It also links crimes if the same firearm is used at multiple scenes.
This national solution builds on existing ballistic libraries that operate in a number of states, and allows police to search for a ballistic signature of a firearm to see if it is linked to other crimes across Australia. Firearms leave unique microscopic markings on the surface of fired projectiles. Ballistic experts examine and compare these markings, linking ballistic evidence to crime scenes and recovered firearms. This information is used as an intelligence source to assist in linking firearms to suspects and crimes.
The Australian Firearms Information Network (AFIN) helps police and other law enforcement agencies manage the registration, licensing and movement of firearms coming into Australia and moving between our states and territories.
AFIN provides a national view of information available about each firearm in Australia known to police and law enforcement agencies, improving and enhancing the current information available to support law enforcement agencies and the officers who protect our communities.
When fully integrated with police and law enforcement agencies, AFIN will replace the National Firearms Licensing and Registration System (NFLRS) which holds current state and territory firearm licensing and registration records.
The Australian Firearms Information Network is referred to as the National Firearms Interface in the Australian Crime Commission Regulations 2002 (ACC Regulations), Regulation 2A(2)(l). A reference to the Australian Firearms Information Network is a reference to the National Firearms Interface for the purpose of the ACC Regulations and the definition of National Policing Information in the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002.
The National Firearms Identification Database (NFID) is a reference tool that helps Australian police identify and record firearms in a consistent way. The database enables police to identify and characterise a firearm, using details such as make, model, calibre and capacity.
The database assists police to ensure a firearm is described consistently during its registration, during importation or during transfer of ownership and movement across state and territory borders.
The ACIC National Firearm Trace Program allows our law enforcement partners to submit web-based illicit firearm trace requests. Our agency consolidates the information and creates a national picture of the firearm types in the Australia illicit firearm market, and the diversion methods used to reach that point. Law enforcement can guntrace [at] acic.gov.au (subject: Firearm%20Trace%20Portal) (email us to request a National Firearm Trace Program account).