FirearmsOur mission is to primarily examine bullets, cartridge cases and other ammunition components using comparison microscopy to determine whether or not they were fired in a submitted firearm or from the same unknown firearm. Fired cartridge cases from semi-automatic or fully automatic firearms can be imaged and compared for potential associations to other offenses utilizing the NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) database. Firearm functionality, serial number restoration, and gunshot discharge residue testing of victim clothing can also be performed. If needed by a court of law, an analyst may present their findings to a jury during a criminal trial.
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FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.