The purpose of SWGGUN is to develop a series of consensus guidelines for the firearm and toolmark discipline and to disseminate SWGGUN guidelines, studies, and other findings that may be of benefit to the forensic community. The SWG meets twice annually.
U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science
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The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.
Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system. The commission also will work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification...
On 12/4/2013 SWGGUN adopted two new guidelines titled,
In addition a third guideline was adopted on 9/26/2013 titled,
View these new guidelines by clicking their titles. Also, visit the guidelines section to view a list of all adopted SWGGUN guidelines by clicking here.
SWGGUN has recently approved the following two documents for publication:
The Foundations of Firearm and Toolmark Identification
In 2005, the SWGGUN formed a Science Committee that was tasked to conduct a comprehensive review of all pertinent and related documents in the toolmark identification discipline in order to determine the reliability of their conclusions in judicial proceedings. During the course of this review, the SWGGUN Science Committee also examined the scientific rudiments upon which this discipline is based. The purpose of this study was to chronicle the origins and evolution of the discipline of firearm and toolmark identification as a science. View Report...
Code of Ethics
Individuals practicing in the field of Firearm and Toolmark Identification will be guided by those practices and procedures which are generally recognized within the discipline to be consistent with a high level of professionalism. Read More...