Volume 19, Issue 4 (October 1974)

    Deaths Due to Accidental Discharge of a Dropped Handgun

    (Received 8 March 1974; accepted 1 April 1974)

    Published Online: October

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Accidental deaths due to firearms are relatively uncommon. Only 2400 were recorded in the United States in 1972 [1]. Most of these deaths were due to carelessness or misuse of firearms. A very small number were due to dropping a weapon with resultant discharge. This paper will present twelve cases of this latter type of accident that occurred in Dallas from 1969 to 1973, as well as a discussion of the type of weapon in which such an accident is possible. Seven of the twelve cases will be described in detail since each involves a different type of weapon. As the weapons involved in all twelve cases were handguns, the discussion will be limited to this class of weapon.


    Author Information:

    Jones, JA
    Firearms examiner, Dallas County Crime Laboratory, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas

    DiMaio, VJM
    Associate Medical Examiner, Dallas County, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas


    Stock #: JFS10466J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10466J

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    Title Deaths Due to Accidental Discharge of a Dropped Handgun
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    Committee E30