Don’t fire guns on New Year’s Eve

Fire gun in airPALMDALE – As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is warning residents against ringing in the New Year with indiscriminate gunfire.

“Every year, a significant number of people throughout the City and County of Los Angeles engage in the extremely dangerous practice of discharging firearms into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year,” states a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff Station. “Celebrating the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the City of Palmdale or the County of Los Angeles.”

In an effort to educate and warn the public of the problem, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have embarked on an awareness campaign to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire.

California Penal Code Section 246.3 prohibits negligent discharging of firearms. Any person who violates Section 246.3 will have their firearm confiscated and will be arrested for a felony crime, punishable by one year in state prison, officials warn.

Officials say people who celebrate New Year’s Eve with gunfire often do not realize the dangers posed by their actions. Researchers report that a bullet fired into the air can climb two miles into the air and remain in flight for more than a minute. As it falls, the bullet reaches a velocity of 300 to 700 feet per second. A velocity of only 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.

If a stray bullet from your gun should kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with murder, officials warn.

“We ask for you to celebrate the holidays safely and please don’t fire your gun into the air this New Year’s. On behalf of Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, City and County of Los Angeles, we wish you and your family a safe and happy New Year!” states the Palmdale Sheriff Station press release.

  15 comments for “Don’t fire guns on New Year’s Eve

  1. sjgranai
    January 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Epic fail in lancaster….sounds like a war zone

    • AV Folk
      January 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

      I doubt the one’s reading the paper are the one’s shooting guns.

  2. NIMBY
    December 31, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Over the years I’ve heard plenty of guns being shot in the air on New Years Eve. However, I don’t recall hearing about anyone being arrested. Stay safe AV.

  3. Dec30
    December 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Have a Happy New Year without shooting off a gun..

    • AV Folk
      December 31, 2013 at 9:12 am

      It’s just that I know once I’m good and drunk I’m gonna be tempted to start blasting at the moon. They should have a waiver for people that have a BAC over .20.

  4. Snitching!
    December 30, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Happy holidays to all the hard working AV folks! Fire ring a gun in the air randomly it’s not kool! WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN!!! If I see anyone blasting on New Years, be sure the police will be knocking at your door! Some people are just Hard Headache! YOU BEEN WARNED!

  5. AV Folk
    December 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    First the fireworks and now I can’t even randomly fire a gun in my own front yard! What’s next?! A ban on throwing knives at my neighbors cat!?!

    • dumbandblind
      December 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Go ahead and do what you want…. that’s called felony stupid!

      • anotherdummy
        December 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

        Someone needs to get their sarcasm detector recalibrated.

  6. Rooney
    December 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    If I hear any guns, I’m calling the cops!!! When I was young we used to bang pots and pans. That was fun.

    • AV Folk
      December 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      If I see anyone banging pots and pans I’ll be calling the cops.

    • ROBIN
      December 31, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Banged pots and pans lol never thought of that. We yelled alot but no shooting guns.

  7. steve c
    December 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Good,glad it’s a felony.That will be great punishment for these dipsticks.Some dip will loose his or her right to have a firearm due to being stupid as a rock.

  8. AV Folk
    December 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    That will be my New Years resolution.

  9. Johnny Trece
    December 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I guess we can use our airsoft rifles to ring in the new year.

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