Volume 35, Issue 5 (September 1990)

    Barium and Antimony Distributions on the Hands of Nonshooters

    (Received 18 September 1989; accepted 30 October 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Barium and antimony levels from selected areas of the left and right hands of 269 nonshooters provide a database for interpretation of gunshot residue swab analysis results. The database represents a variety of activities of individuals sampled by collectors throughout the United States. Nonshooting exposure to barium and antimony can generally be distinguished from firearms-associated exposure by considering the relative levels of the elements, location on the hands, and condition of the swabs. Consistent definition of sampling procedures and accurate analytical results make this database applicable for interpretation of data generated by most gunshot residue swab examiners.


    Author Information:

    Peters, CA
    Special agent and chemist, Elemental and Metals Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory, Washington, DC

    Havekost, DG
    Special agent and chemist, Elemental and Metals Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory, Washington, DC

    Koons, RD
    Research chemist, Forensic Science Research Unit, FBI Laboratory, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA


    Stock #: JFS12932J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12932J

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    Title Barium and Antimony Distributions on the Hands of Nonshooters
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30