Review the scenario below and write a 3 to 5 page essay (excluding cover and reference page) that demonstrates how forensic scientists use class and individual characteristics to solve firearms related crimes.
The crime lab has received a fired bullet and a discharged cartridge case from the scene of a shooting. This evidence is submitted to the crime lab for examination. Several weeks later, the police confiscated a semi-automatic pistol from a suspect in the shooting.
Demonstrate how the scientific method governs the ability of the firearms examiner to provide facts and opinions relating to firearms examinations.
Discuss the scientific research conducted by the early pioneers of forensic firearms identification that led to the acceptance of firearms identification as an applied science.
What information can the firearms examiner provide to investigators based on the scientific method?
Can you suggest any limitations within the field of firearms identification that warrant additional scientific research?