Originally Posted by bkt
Which is the reason I do not own a handgun. I'd REALLY like to, but I won't do it with New York's laws.
Why? Were the authorities worried maybe your prints had changed??
Prints do not change per se, but people get cuts, burns, nicks and scaring in skin and on their hands all the time, some of these injuries once they heal, can alter or obliterate the finger/palm print patterns just enough to make a positive ID of that print, almost impossible without other prints from the same person, to make a positive ID.
Example I have on my right index finger a gouge out of the pad of my finger , from throwing oil cans into a dumpster, from when I was 12. The print sorta grew back, but not fully in spots. And that distinct new pattern (so to speak) is still mine, but it has changed enough to have made it different if it were between finger printings five years apart.