Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Analysis Presentation

UNL Forensic Science

February 20, 2013

As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Kent Weber, a Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Analyst with the Nebraska State Patrol crime lab discussed firearm and toolmark analysis with students.

Kent noted that the work he does includes but is not limited to: firearm function/modification analysis, analysis of bullets, casings, footwear/tires, serial number recovery, toolmark comparison, and shooting reconstruction.

According to Weber, Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Analysts need exceptional visual acuity and spatial perception, attention to detail and an ability to recognize patterns.  The State Patrol analysis team covers over 4,000 cases a year and the types of evidence they analyze varies greatly.  More…