(a) Each test fire
shall be submitted to the laboratory in an envelope obtained from the
laboratory evidence receiving unit or such container as laboratory staff may
(b) Each envelope shall be
labeled on the outside of the envelope with the manufacturer, type of handgun,
serial number, date of test fire and name of the person collecting the test
fire. Additional comments or such additional information as laboratory staff
may require to properly process the submission may be added in the appropriate
(c) Each envelope containing
a test fire shall be sealed in a tamper-evident manner at the time of
submission to the laboratory.
Whenever practicable, test fires shall be submitted to the laboratory in
batches. When submitted in batches, test fire envelopes shall be submitted in a
package or container labeled to state the number of test fire envelopes present
in each package or container. Each package or container shall constitute a
submission in the Laboratory Information Management System.
(e) Test fires shall be performed with full
metal case ammunition, with two bullets and two fired cartridge cases to be
collected from each handgun. Bullets shall be collected in a manner suitable
for subsequent comparison.
receipt of a package of test fires from a police department, laboratory staff
shall assign a case number with the designation "TF."
(g) Test fires with such designation shall
not constitute evidence at the time of submission.
(h) Any subsequent submission of test fires
by the same police department may be accepted under the initial "TF" number
until given the next submission number.
(i) The laboratory shall issue a receipt
reflecting the number of test fires.
(j) Each test fire in a submission shall be
entered as an item in the databank using the handgun serial number as the item
(k) All test fires may be
stored in the evidence receiving unit until receipt of written notice by the
submitting police department that the handgun is no longer in service or upon
receipt of a written search request from an authorized law enforcement agency
related to a criminal investigation.