Author

Hanna Lester

Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dean Bertram, Ph.D

Advisor Department

Criminal Justice

Abstract

The examination of gunshot residue is often an integral part of evidence processing. The aim of this preliminary study is to validate the use of the BlueView Gunshot Particle Test Kit in the field. This was done by comparing the results of the presumptive tests using the BlueView Gunshot Particle Test Kit to confirmatory test results using a scanning electron microscope. This study used both collection techniques to collect samples for presumptive tests and confirmatory tests. Gunshot residue samples were collected from the hands after a series of guns were fired, and positive results were obtained from the presumptive and confirmatory tests. The results of this study conclude that BlueView Gunshot Particle Test Kit could possibly be an effective method for conducting presumptive tests in the field for gunshot residue particles. This pilot study was conducted under almost perfect conditions, so further analyses need to be conducted to test additional variables.

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