crime scene investigation


Researchers at the University at Albany are developing a fast, accurate method for crime scene investigators to detect and recover gunshot residue from a crime scene or suspect. The process has a promising future.

For years, New York's gun control lobby pushed hard in favor of a process that involves a gun's firing pin stamping cartridges with unique identifying numbers.

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There was a time when fingerprints, questioning and witnesses were the basics of a crime investigation, and they still are, but forensic science is playing a major role as well.