In 1999, ATF established the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to provide federal, state, and local partner agencies with an automated ballistic imaging network. NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms. NIBIN is vital to any violent crime reduction strategy, because it provides investigators the ability to compare their ballistics evidence against evidence from other violent crimes on a national, regional and local level, thus generating investigative links that would rarely be revealed absent the technology.

Since the program’s inception in 1999, NIBIN partners have captured approximately 3.6 million images of ballistic evidence and have confirmed more than 127,000 NIBIN leads, but the true performance metric of NIBIN is the successful arrest and prosecution of shooters.

According to ATF, “NIBIN embodies the collaboration of law enforcement for the sole purpose of identifying and prosecuting shooters that prey upon our communities. Its effectiveness hinges upon the timely entry of ballistic evidence, intelligence referrals, and immediate investigative follow up. This program embodies teamwork, collaboration, and transparency.”

NIBIN Resources

ATF NIBIN Program (Webpage)

ATF NIBIN Fact Sheet (Webpage)

NIJ NIBIN Program (Webpage)

Opening the Black Box of NIBIN: A Descriptive Process and Outcome Evaluation, King et al. (PDF)

Using NIBIN to Target Shooters and Solve Crime 2016, ATF (PDF)

Phoenix PD NIBIN Program (Video)

Firearm Processing Resources

Coordinating NIBIN and Forensic Science Laboratory Efforts, Nichols (PDF)

Regional Crime Gun Processing Protocols, IACP (PDF)

Codes of Practice and Conduct, UK Forensic Science Regulator 2016 Issue 3 (PDF)

Impact of Forensic Evidence on Arrest and Prosecution, NIJ 2017 (PDF)


NIBIN Locations

Click here to visit ATF’s interactive NIBIN site map.