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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

More Money, More Problems: Firearms Experts Needed

Let's hope the surge in forensic science classes includes some specialty classes in bullet analysis.  In Indianapolis, even after the courts have given Marion County enough money to hire two firearms experts, the lab is still left shorthanded and backlogged.  Marion Superior Court issued an emergency order Aug. 9 that authorizes the crime lab to hire two more examiners and pay them up to $80,000 a year -- about $20,000 more than the typical salary.  For once, it's not a lack of money--there just aren't enough of these highly sought experts who match bullets to the guns that fired them.  Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives runs the only school in the country, and it graduates 12 students each year. Read the story here from[Michele Berry]

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