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Save 2 Casings

A community partnership with local law enforcement to combat firearm-related crime.
Save-2-Casings is a community effort and partnership with law enforcement. This partnership is to help gun owners and law enforcement track a firearm if lost or stolen. 
Save 2 Casings

How it works

Gun owners place 2 casings that were previously fired from your firearm in an envelope and write the serial number, make and model of your firearm on the envelope. 


Q: Who do I contact if my gun is stolen?

A: Call 911 if it is an emergency or 505-242-COPS (2677)
An APD officer will respond to your location to report the stolen gun.

Q: What information will I need to provide?

A: If your firearm is lost or stolen, provide as much information as possible to the responding officer who is taking your report. Additionally, you will also provide them with the envelope containing the two casings that were fired from the lost/stolen firearm. It is important to have a record of the make, model, caliber, serial number, and retained casings before a loss or theft occurs.

Q: Is this program mandatory?

A: No. Your participation is completely voluntary. However, we encourage the community to take part in an effort to reduce violent crime involving firearms.

Q: Where is the information stored?

A: As a gun owner, you will store your casings and firearm information in your home, separate from where you store your respective firearm. In the event your firearm is lost or stolen, you will give that information to the reporting officer and they will submit it to NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) where it will be compared against their existing database of shell casings collected by police from crime scenes.

Q: Is there a cost involved?
A: No. There is no cost involved in participating in this campaign.

Q: When do I provide my casings?

A: NIBIN only captures and stores firearms evidence and fired ammunition components as part of a criminal investigation. It cannot collect this information when the firearm is manufactured or prior to a criminal event such as a firearm being stolen or discharged during a crime.