NIJ Begins Process to Update Standards for Law Enforcement Firearms

National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has formed a Special Technical Committee (STC) to tackle updating standards for law enforcement shotguns and autoloading pistols, and creating a new standard for patrol rifles.

NIJ develops and publishes voluntary equipment standards that specifically address the needs of law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies to ensure that equipment is safe, reliable and performs according to established minimum performance requirements.

The Special Technical Committee on Law Enforcement Firearms is to update and revise the minimum performance standards, Autoloading Pistols for Police Officers, NIJ Standard 0112.03 (Revision A) and 12-Guage Shotguns for Police Use, NIJ Standard 0113.00, and develop a new minimum performance standard for patrol rifles. The STC is to articulate the minimum performance requirements that U.S. law enforcement should demand of their pistols, shotguns and patrol rifles, and how to test firearms to determine if they conform to the requirements.

The STC includes individual firearms subject matter experts from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; ballistics test laboratories; and individuals knowledgeable in standards development and product certification.

For information about NIJ standards efforts, click here.

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The Justice Technology Information Center is a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System, a program of the National Institute of Justice. JTIC serves as an information resource for technology and equipment related to law enforcement, corrections and courts, and hosts the NIJ Compliance Testing Program, a voluntary equipment standards and testing program for ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor and other officer safety equipment, which conducts equipment testing, reviews and analyzes testing data and disseminates results.

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