An Introduction to Firearms Examination for Researchers in Statistics

Authored by: Susan VanderPlas , Alicia Carriquiry , Heike Hofmann , James Hamby , Xiao Hui Tai

Handbook of Forensic Statistics

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138295407
eBook ISBN: 9780367527709
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In the United States, where firearms are readily accessible, the annual number of gun-related crimes is in the hundreds of thousands, and about two thirds of all murders are committed with a gun (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2017). Almost 400 million guns of all types are owned by civilians, meaning that in the United States, there are about 1.2 guns for every man, woman and child. Therefore, most crime labs employ one or more experts in firearms examination, who can visually compare striations on bullets or cartridge cases found in a crime scene with those on test shots obtained from the suspect’s gun, or on samples recovered from a different crime scene.

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