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March 28, 2016
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has appointed Darrell
Stein, manager of the Houston Forensic Science Center’s (HFSC) Firearms Section,
chairman of a new advisory board. Mr. Stein will help create and oversee a new
Executive Board for the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistics Information Network
NIBIN is a national database that allows firearms examiners to compare ballistic
evidence to link firearms to different crimes. Often, these links between crimes are not
known until the comparison is made using NIBIN.
Mr. Stein, who has nearly 20 years of experience in firearms identification, has
previously chaired a similar ATF advisory board. This new, external advisory board is
meant to help ATF advance the NIBIN program.
“I am honored by the invitation and look forward to working with ATF and other
experts in the country to advance a program designed to identify firearms used in
criminal activity,” Mr. Stein said.
Dr. Daniel Garner, HFSC’s CEO and President, said Mr. Stein’s appointment to the
advisory board is further evidence of his experience and knowledge in the firearms
“Mr. Stein’s expertise in the firearms field is well-known, and HFSC is privileged to
have him heading up its Firearms Section, one of the busiest in the country,” Dr. Garner
said. “His knowledge will also assist the ATF as it looks to move the NIBIN program
HFSC is a local government corporation that provides forensic services to the City of
Houston and other local agencies. HFSC is overseen by a Board of Directors appointed
by the Mayor of Houston and confirmed by the Houston City Council. Its management
structure is designed to be responsive to a 2009 recommendation by the National
Academy of Sciences that called for crime laboratories to be independent of law
enforcement and prosecutorial branches of government.
HFSC currently operates in nine forensic disciplines.
Ramit Plushnick-Masti
Public Information Officer


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