cw69 92-9thegame-vertical2 waok

News

Police Warn Against Celebratory Holiday Gunfire

View Comments
File photo of guns. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of guns. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

ATLANTA (AP) — Police departments in Atlanta and elsewhere are reminding New Year’s revelers that celebratory gunfire is illegal and could result in jail time or a fine.

Celebratory gunfire is the act of pointing a gun skyward and firing shots into the air.

Atlanta Police officials say a falling bullet could have the same impact on someone as a shooter aiming and firing at them. Authorities say a bullet fired into the air could rise up to a mile high before gaining velocity during its descent.

In Atlanta, anyone caught firing a gun into the air could be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine of up to $1,000.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus