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Type: Journal article
Title: Recent firing range suicides in South Australia
Author: Austin, A.
Van Den Heuvel, C.
Heath, K.
Gilbert, J.
Byard, R.
Citation: Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2012; 57(6):1495-1496
Publisher: Amer Soc Testing Materials
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0022-1198
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Amy E. Austin, Corinna van den Heuvel, Karen Heath, John D. Gilbert and Roger W. Byard
Abstract: Two cases are reported from South Australia, where deaths occurred that were due to single self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head in individuals who were visiting indoor firearm ranges. Case 1: A 54-year-old man visiting an indoor firing range placed a .357 magnum handgun to his head and fired one shot. Case 2: A 23-year-old woman who was being instructed in firearm usage at an indoor firing range placed a 9 mm handgun to her head and fired one shot. In both cases, deaths were due to cerebral laceration with skull fracture. Firing ranges may be utilized by individuals who are seeking weapons for suicide attempts, and suicide may be successfully undertaken at such locations even while a victim is under direct supervision. In jurisdictions, where firearm ownership is strictly legislated, it may be that clubs can inadvertently provide access to firearms for this type of activity.
Keywords: Forensic science; firearms; suicide; method; firing range; legislation
Rights: © 2012 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
RMID: 0020122837
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2012.02149.x
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