The Association of Firearms and
Toolmark Examiners (AFTE), was formed in 1969
exclusively for charitable, scientific, educational, and
testing for public safety purposes; and to improve and
elevate the quality, integrity, and public image of the
scientific crime laboratories within the meaning of
Section 501(c)3, Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
To accomplish these purposes, the members of this
Association pledge themselves to the following
A. To conduct and sponsor seminars involving the theory
and practice of firearm and toolmark examination and its
B. To foster the exchange of information between
scientific crime laboratories on the improvement and
standardization of the development of firearm and
toolmark identification and techniques.
C. To publish and issue to members a journal covering
the latest developments in firearm and toolmark
D. To make unrestricted gifts to universities and those
who are listed in the United States Internal Revenue
Service Cumulative List.
E. To engage in the testing of firearms, components,
ammunition, and examiners for the benefit of public
F. To respond to requests from courts, judicial
tribunals, executive and legislative branches of the
government for the names of qualified expert witnesses
in the field of firearm and toolmark identification.
William Demuth II, Chair
April Stowe, Chair
Marc Weber Tobias
Training Manual Sub-Committee
Technical Procedure Sub-Committee
Kimberly D. Haag
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All rights reserved. Revised:
March 26, 2013.