Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics (International Forensic Science and Investigation)

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While gun design has undergone only minimal change over the centuries, investigative tools surrounding firearm use have grown significantly in sophistication. Now in its third edition, Firearms, the Law, and Forensic Ballistics has been updated to reflect recently published research and new technology developed since the last volume. Beginning with a discussion of the development of arms and ammunition from the fourteenth century to the present day, this book examines:

  • Firearms laws around the world, including legal challenges raised in the U.S. by the Daubert decision
  • Firearms manufacturing processes, the mechanisms of various firearms, and the linking of a particular bullet or spent cartridge with a suspected weapon
  • The origins and development of new science in firearms, including controversies, pioneers, and an exposé of the "quack" purveyors of pseudo-science
  • Internal, external, and terminal (wound) ballistics
  • The nature, composition, and analytical detection of discharge residue left on a suspect
  • The role of the ballistics expert at all stages of a case, ranging from the scene of the shooting incident, the post mortem examinations, the examination and testing of exhibits at the laboratory, and the presentation of evidence in court
  • Recently introduced computer search techniques applied to captured and digitally stored images of marks left on fired bullets and spent cartridge cases
  • Manual microscopic comparison work and computer-based searches on digital images of bullet and cartridge case marks to determine if a particular weapon has been fired in previous cases

Written by an expert with more than 50 years of experience using and handling firearms, this text is enhanced with nearly 250 illustrations, making it a premier guide to the fundamentals of firearms and related evidentiary considerations.

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Tom Warlow has more than 50 years of experience using and handling firearms and was for nine years a member of the statutory Firearms Consultative Committee, which advisedthe U.K. Government on firearms and firearms legislation as well as providing an annual report to Parliament. He was a casework reporting officer for more than 25 years in the national Firearms Unit in the U.K., a division with oversight of 50 million persons in England and Wales and covering 43 police force areas. Mr. Warlow has a keen interest in gun sports.

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I ... was amazed at the encyclopedic knowledge [Tom Warlow] has acquired over a lifetime of work as a forensic scientist. ... This book is ... an enjoyable read. ... Forensic science trainees and death scene investigators will find this text fascinating, and I would certainly recommend that they read this book.
- www.forensicmed.co.uk

...the book is more suitable for the novice based in the UK. ...the author offers some good advice to the novice, and as well for the advanced reader... .The author's extensive knowledge of the subject matter is clearly demonstrated...
-Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal

This book has clearly been written by a very experienced firearm examiner and it deals with all areas of work that an examiner might encounter... There is a vast amount of information packed into this book and there is something of value for anyone connected with the investigation of crimes involving firearms. The book will be of particular value as an aid to those training in the forensic examination of firearms.

- in Science and Justice

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