Anti Gunfire Warning for New Years

Don’t fire guns in the air. Remember what goes up, will come down, and when a bullet comes down it is traveling at up to 700 feet per second.

Fugitive Watch once again advises that shooting guns into the air on New Year’s Eve threatens the lives of neighbors, houseguests and themselves. A bullet fired into the air returns to earth with the same deadly force that can kill someone. Shooting a gun into the air is a stupid display or ignorance and celebration. This year Fugitive Watch asks gun owners to think before pulling the trigger of a gun.

Just a few years ago, a young Los Angeles boy was killed when a bullet came crashing down on him New Year’s Eve. The New Year brought nothing but heartache for that young boy’s family because some irresponsible person fired a gun into the air.

Someone shooting a gun in the air killed 14-year-old Shannon Smith in June1999. In New Orleans an elderly women was killed, five people were wounded. In Kansas City, Mo., a man was killed by a falling bullet from someone else’ s weapon, moments after he fired his own gun into the air. In Atlanta, a teen-ager was wounded. In Detroit an elderly woman was killed by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve.

Many police and sheriff’s departments in California will be making special efforts to put a stop to this stupid and dangerous practice while some will encourage their officers to take cover until the shooting stops.

Redwood City is also offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone illegally firing a gun. Fliers to that effect are being distributed in the city’s neighborhoods.

In Los Angeles a special team of about 300 specially trained police officers will patrol traditionally busy areas in Los Angeles looking for and responding to people who fire off their guns on New Year’s Eve.

Fugitive Watch asks law enforcement to have ZERO TOLERENCE!


Shooting a gun into the air is a felony. You will spend up to one year in prison if you are caught. If you’re arrested for shooting a gun into the air, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a stray bullet from your gun should kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with murder.

People involved in celebrating the holidays by shooting their guns do not realize the danger posed by their actions. A bullet fired into the air can climb up to two miles. When it falls back to earth, it can reach a speed of 300to 700 feet per second. A speed of 200 feet per second is enough to penetrate the skull and kill someone.

If you ever see someone fire a gun into the air, call the police. Celebrate the holidays safely and responsibly.

Don’t fire guns into the air.



~ by fugitive watch on November 16, 2007.

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