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Firearms, the Law and Forensic Ballistics

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ISBN13: 9780748404322
ISBN: 0748404325
Published: June 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This book offers a work of reference on the forensic science of firearms. It describes what happens when a weapon is fired in terms of internal, external and terminal, or wound, ballistics and the consequences of these happenings for the forensic scientist both at the scene of the shooting incident and in the laboratory.

The role of the forensic scientist is explained in detail, including attending the scene of the crime and post-mortem examination, setting up databases, the recovery of deleted markings and serial numbers, instrumental and analytical techniques used in the laboratory, such as the latest techniques in detection of gunshot residues, and the presentation of evidence in court.

A history of the development of firearms and how and why firearms legislation is drafted are also presented. The book includes information on gun barrel proof testing and ordnance code markings to be found in any publication.

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The beginnings; firearms legislation and the definition of a firearm; marks and microscopy - the emergence of a firearm; marks and microscopy - the emergence of a new science; mechanisms and design aspects of firearms; interior ballistics; external ballistics and cartridge loadings; terminal/wound ballistics and distance of firing; the scene of the shooting incident; examination of exhibits at the laboratory; presentation of evidence to the courts; proof marks and the proof of firearms; appendices.