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Police Warn Against Firing A Gun To Celebrate New Year

Police are warning they will arrest those who shoot off guns for fun.

Photo: Mike Cumpston
Photo: Mike Cumpston

New Year's celebrants who shoot off guns to ring in 2014 could face criminal charges, authorities warned today.

Such reveling is illegal across the state -- and throughout the year. California Penal Code section 246.3 prescribes a one-year sentence for anyone convicted of using a gun recklessly, or in a manner that "could result in injury or death to a person."

"We are asking the community to celebrate the New Year safely and responsibly," said Detective John Samano of the Corona Police Department. "Don't fire guns in the air. Remember: what goes up, will come down. And when a bullet comes down, it is traveling at a fatal velocity."

Police are warning they will arrest those who shoot off guns for fun. Samano said a felony conviction will also lead to the loss of gun ownership privileges.

According to the detective, if a stray bullet ends up killing a person, the shooter will likely face a murder charge.

Anyone who witnesses an act of gunplay on New Year's Eve or any other occasion should call 911. --City News Service and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Pauly December 30, 2013 at 08:43 PM
For anyone thinking they can get away with shooting their gun into the air on new years eve, think again, they have advanced technology in place that can pinpoint the location of the gunfire. I would also like to add that a bullet shot straight up into the air does not come down as fast as it goes up, that theory was debunked on mythbusters.
sarah December 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM
'Merica!

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