Controversial: UK is using DNA Gun That Will Tag Criminals For Weeks
Some have compared this to dye pellets in bank robberies, others aren’t seeing it like that at all. It’s something straight out of an episode of CSI: An orange gun fires a green pellet that carries DNA traces, which, according to the manufacturer, lasts on a target for weeks, making it easier for authorities to identify people if they’ve fled the scene of a crime.
Called the SelectaDNA High Velocity System, the gun uses non-lethal bullets, and is used in situations where police have difficulty catching a particular target on the spot.
“On contact with the target, the uniquely-coded SelectaDNA solution leaves a synthetic DNA trace mark that will enable the relevant authorities to confirm or eliminate that person from their involvement in a particular situation and could ultimately lead to arrest and prosecution,” Andrew Knights, managing director of UK-based gun developer Selectamark, said in a release.
Selectamark offers the gun in both pistol and rifle models, and claims it has a range of 98 to 131 feet. Check out the video, above, for more.
Image courtesy of Selectamark Security Systems