Membership in the Association
is limited to those persons of integrity with suitable education, training, and experience in the examination of firearms and/or toolmarks.
For purposes of membership, a practicing firearm and/or toolmark examiner
is defined as:
An individual who derives a substantial portion of his livelihood from the
examination identification, and evaluation of firearms and related materials and/or toolmarks.
An individual whose present livelihood is a direct result of the knowledge and experience gained from the examination, identification, and evaluation of firearms and related materials and/or toolmarks.
Individuals who want to apply to become a member of AFTE
should carefully read the Bylaws
of the Association.
Individuals wanting to become a regular
member of AFTE must apply as a PROVISIONAL MEMBER.
AFTE has six different levels of membership
that are as follows:
Qualifications for each respective class are listed
Practicing firearm and/or toolmark examiners and
student/trainees in the profession of firearm and/or toolmark identification may be accepted as Provisional Members, provided that they:
Conform to Association requirements for candidacy and are respected members of the
Derive a substantial majority of their income from actively examining, identifying and evaluating firearms and related materials and/or
Provisional Members enjoy all rights and privileges of Regular Membership, except that they may not vote or hold
Any Provisional Member or Technical Advisor in good standing may apply to the Board of Admissions for promotion to the status of Regular Member provided that they:
Have been a Provisional Member or Technical Advisor in
good standing for at least three years.
Derive a majority of their income from actively examining, identifying, and evaluating firearms and related materials and/or
To reward a memberís superior effort in furthering
the work and purposes of the Association, the class of Distinguished
Member is established. Any Regular Member of the Association
who accumulates ten (10) points by the manner described herein and who
has not been censured or disciplined during the period of membership
shall be advanced to Distinguished Member. Distinguished Members
retain all of the rights and privileges of Regular Members.
Points toward Distinguished Membership are accumulated in the following
Attendance at Annual Meeting (one point)*
Association Officer (2 points)
Committee Member (2 points)*
Presentation of Paper at Annual Meeting (2 points)**
Contribution of Article to Journal (2 points)**
*Maximum of two (2) points toward total of ten.
**Either/or for the same article.
A Provisional Member who accumulates the necessary ten points prior to becoming a Regular Member shall automatically become a Distinguished Member upon promotion to Regular Member status.
Emeritus Membership may be conferred upon Distinguished Members
are recognized as having served the interests of the Association or
scientific discipline of firearms and toolmark examination in an
exceptional manner, and
have served as a member of the Association for a minimum of
twenty-five (25) years, or
have reached the age of sixty-five (65) and who are retired from
their usual place of employment and are no longer actively
engaged in the field of firearm and/or toolmark examination.
A candidate for this status must be recommended in writing to the
Advisory Committee, who shall determine if the individual meets
the criteria as set forth above. The recommendation must cite
the manner of exceptional service to the Association or
discipline. Only Distinguished Members may recommend individuals
for Emeritus Membership. The names of individuals qualified to
receive Emeritus Membership shall be approved by a majority of
the Board of Directors and presented by the Advisory Committee
to the membership at the annual business meeting of the
Association. A majority of the voting members present at the
meeting must vote in favor of Emeritus Membership in order for
it to be conferred.
Emeritus Members shall enjoy all rights and benefits
of Regular Membership but shall pay no dues.
Honorary Membership may be conferred upon individuals in recognition of distinguished service to the Association or to the field of firearm and/or toolmark examination.
Individuals may be nominated for Honorary Membership by any Regular Member of the Association. Such nominations must be in writing, be accompanied by the signatures of at least ten (10) other Regular Members acting as seconds, and must fully describe the actions or activities that warrant consideration. The completed documents must be submitted to the Board of Directors of the Association at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual business meeting of the Association. The Board of Directors must present, with their recommendation, the submitted nominations to the general membership at the Annual Meeting. A majority of voting members present must vote in favor of Honorary Membership in order for it to be conferred.
Honorary Members may attend all meetings of the Association but shall have no other membership rights, nor shall they pay dues.
Designated employees of manufacturers of products used or encountered in the investigation of firearm or toolmark evidence, or specialists in closely related fields, whose area of expertise would be beneficial to the Association, may apply for membership as Technical Advisors, provided they fully and thoroughly complete the application
Technical Advisors may attend all meetings and may subscribe to the Journal at a reduced rate to be set by the Board of Directors, but shall have no other membership rights, nor shall they pay dues.
Change in membership status from Technical Advisor to Regular Member shall be by submission of a new membership application as provided under the membership class of Regular Member.