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Title: Air gun injury with deadly aftermath – Case report
Authors: Stankov, Aleksandar 
Jakjovski, Zlatko 
Pavlovski, Goran 
Muric, Nedzat
Dwork, Andrew J.
Chakar, Zdravko 
Keywords: Air gun injury
Deadly aftermath
Law control
Issue Date: Jan-2013
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Journal: Legal Medicine
Abstract: In Republic of Macedonia the use of air guns is quite widespread. They are used mainly for target practice. They are regulated by the Law of Arms, where they are defined as pneumatic weapons. There is no legal limit on type or quantity of ammunition that one may possess. Our Institute performs at least 90% of the forensic autopsies in Macedonia. In this report we describe the only fatality by pneumatic weapon to come to our attention over the past 10 years. A 6-year-old girl was accidentally wounded by her brother when he and his father were trying a new air gun, a 4.5 mm single shot, break barrel, spring piston air rifle manufactured in China under the brand ‘‘Westlake’’. She died within minutes. Autopsy showed cardiac tamponade due to penetration of the aorta. A 0.5 g metal projectile, 4.5 mm in diameter, with a pointed, conical shape, was recovered from the pericardial sac.
DOI: 10.1016/j.legalmed.2012.08.004
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine: Journal Articles

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