Handbook of Firearms and Ballistics by Brian J. Heard
Examining and Interpreting Forensic Evidence

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This work explains to lawyers presenting evidence in court and others, all aspects of the examination of firearms. Each aspect of firearms and ammunition has strong evidential value, but the technical aspects of the evidence can be confusing to the non-expert. The book offers a detailed examination of scientific techniques and key issues. Questions such as the distance away from a target that a weapon was fired, whether the marks on a particular bullet can be said to categorically prove that it was fired from a particular weapon or whether an erased serial number can be restored are covered in accessible terms. The technical specifications and characteristics of common weapons are also discussed, together with a plain explanation of specialist terminology and advice on the cross examination of expert witnesses.
 

About Brian J. Heard

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Brian Heard began his career as an examiner in firearms and ballistics with the Metropolitan Police Forensics Firearms Laboratory at New Scotland Yard, London, UK. He rose to the level of Deputy Head of the Laboratory before joining the Royal Hong Kong Police as a ballistics officer. He is currently the officer in charge of the Ballistics and Firearms Identification Bureau for the Royal Hong Kong Police. He appears regularly in court as an expert witness in cases involving firearms, ammunition, tools and toolmarks, and has undertaken the research, development and implementation of improved techniques for the collection, examination and interpretation of gunshot residue particles via a scanning electron microscope. He also lectures to police training establishments and related organisations on all aspects of forensic ballistics, forensic firearms and toolmark examinations, gunshot residue analysis and the use of these techniques in criminal investigations. His personal interests include rock climbing and he has previously published a book on rock climbing in Hong Kong.
 
Published August 17, 2011 by Wiley. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Crime, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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