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Fate and Behavior of Gunshot Residue: Recreational Shooter Vehicle Distribution.

Blakey, LS, Sharples, GP, Chana, K and Birkett, JW (2019) Fate and Behavior of Gunshot Residue: Recreational Shooter Vehicle Distribution. Journal of Forensic Sciences. ISSN 0022-1198

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Abstract

The susceptibility for recreational shooters to transfer gunshot residue (GSR) to both the interior and exterior of a vehicle is investigated. A comprehensive sampling protocol was used to assess the most likely areas of GSR transfer from recreational shooter contact, such as the steering wheel and the area, the firearms were stored (the trunk). Up to 315 characteristic GSR, particles were found in several locations throughout the interior of a vehicle. As many as 876 characteristic particles were found throughout a single vehicle. The data indicate that vehicles frequently occupied by firearms users are a potential source for inadvertent transfer of GSR to persons unrelated to firearm activity. In criminal cases where vehicles have been used, such transfer processes for GSR need to be considered within the context of any case interpretation. The implications for subsequent contamination and transfer processes from such vehicles require further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Blakey, L. , Sharples, G. P., Chana, K. and Birkett, J. W. (2019), Fate and Behavior of Gunshot Residue: Recreational Shooter Vehicle Distribution. J Forensic Sci. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14126. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0399 Other Chemical Sciences, 0699 Other Biological Sciences, 1103 Clinical Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 10:23
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 10:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1111/1556-4029.14126
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11227

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