"Sometimes the obvious is not always so obvious, but if you break things down to it's complete simplicity only then will
the answers inevitably be found." - Mike Martinez

SWGGSR Mission Statement
The mission, goals, and structure of the SWGGSR committee were established by organizational meetings of laboratory analysts held at the FBI in June 2005.

The mission of SWGGSR is to make recommendations for internationally accepted guidelines for the forensic examination of gunshot residues
The mission will be accomplished by:
  • Promoting professional development in gunshot residues analysis;
  • Providing a means of information exchange within the forensic science community;
  • Providing guidelines for gunshot residues investigations, examinations, and reporting;
  • Performing collaborative exercises;
  • Specifying requirements for analysts' knowledge, skills, and abilities;
  • Establishing quality assurance guidelines;
  • Gaining National/International acceptance  of SWGGSR guidelines.
Latest Updates
Guide for Primer Gunshot Residue Analysis by Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry
Related Links
Other Scientific Working Groups

American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners

International Association of Microanalysis

Federal Bureau of Investigation

National  Institute of Justice

National Institute of Standards and Technology




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Become a member
Please read our Bylaws to find information about your organization's eligibility for membership in SWGGSR.

If interested in being a member, please complete the member application form and email it to SWGGSR Vice Chairman Michael Martinez.