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Sheriff's Department Warns Against Firing Guns on New Year's Eve

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will be enforcing a zero-tolerance policy regarding the negligent discharge of a firearm on New Year's Eve.

The following is a news release issued by Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department:

New Year's Eve is a holiday that is celebrated everywhere. Unfortunately, some people celebrate the arrival of the New Year by firing guns into the air when the clock strikes midnight. This can turn a joyous event into a tragedy.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department would like to ensure a safe holiday for everyone in our community this New Year's Eve. It is important for the public to know that stray bullets have been known to penetrate walls, roofs, and cars, injuring and killing innocent people.

To make our neighborhoods safer, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department will be enforcing a Zero-Tolerance Policy regarding the negligent discharge of a firearm on New Year's Eve.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department will arrest all individuals found discharging firearms. If convicted under California Penal Code section 246.3, these individuals could face felony charges, punishable by incarceration in the state prison.

Any person, who observes someone preparing to, or discharging a firearm, is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 to report the incident.

roger g December 28, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I'M all for it.b-safe everyone, happy new year. rank
Desert Dweller December 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I wonder what the statistics are on these tragedies?
Shakeyconpanales December 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Real gun enthusiasts use targets . Don't be lame and fire in the air without knowing where that bullet will end up.
john December 28, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Oh man :(
SA December 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Sad that a warning has to be issued. Darwin Awards...
BRUNO TRAVANTI December 29, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Sad but necessary, as there are many flipping yahoos in this town lined up to receive those "Darwin Awards" that think shooting a few rounds in the air at the strike of the New Year and unfortunately need desperately to heed that warning.
Mr. Logical December 29, 2012 at 08:05 AM
The people that need to read these warnings are not reading newspapers or anything else.
keepn it real December 29, 2012 at 01:45 PM
We hear them every year! Its kinda like the fire works law nobody follows it every year I call and nothing ever happens.. as for me and my family we don't leave our hhouse on New Years or 4th of July too scarey ..and half of the city seems to be drunk driving :-( run for cover
Galactic Cannibal December 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Do the American masses know how many people are killed accidentally from gun fire, at around 12 pm midnight on New Years night. Well do they .? Hell NO How can they find out ??? Here is a fact ,...In year 2012 , 13,600+ Americans (residents ) will be murdered 9,000 by use of guns. That same rate of murder repeats in the USA every year. Its like 155,000 people have been murdered in the US since 9/11 . And who cares, not the masses . The American masses only react to sensation like 9/11 not to time extended mass murders. In 2012 again , 500 people were murdered in Chicago 435 by the use of America's murder weapon of choice the gun. HYPOCRISY RULES IN THE USA
popeye December 30, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Ha ha ha. Another GC moron statement...Dudette...ha ha ha
David Hubbard December 31, 2012 at 02:28 AM
It doesnt matter What law the police enforce, theres people out there that unfortunately gonna ignore them. We go thru this every new year.
Galactic Cannibal December 31, 2012 at 04:48 AM
So where are the Media headlines that scream STOP THE MURDER. 155,000 Americans murdered in America since 9/11 Does hypocrisy Rule America ?? Give me a logical answer ..
Vic December 31, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Unfortunately, I think that's a rhetorical question, GC.
CC December 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Guns are not the the problem its the irresponsible people that use them.

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