Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 1977)
Detection of Gunshot Residues on Hands by Scanning Electron Microscopy
Several methods have been developed by law enforcement agencies for determining whether or not an individual has recently handled or discharged a weapon. When a suspect has been apprehended following a shooting, detection of gunshot residues on his hands may provide significant evidence. The value of such a test is substantial in the investigation of alleged suicides, armed assaults, poaching, and other violations involving the use of firearms.