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Forensic DNA on Guns

TASA ID: 16621

As DNA profiling has become increasingly sensitive, I have seen a steady increase in the use of DNA evidence in felon weapon cases. Often the weapon is recovered in the suspect’s home. In other cases, the weapons are found in a glove box or under the seat of a vehicle. The weapon is swabbed, the DNA is profiled, and more often than not, the resulting profiles are a mixture of 2-4 or more individuals.

The prosecution theory is: The suspect’s DNA is on the weapon; therefore, the suspect must have handled the weapon. The question for the defense: Is this always true?


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