It is somewhat of a tradition to welcome the New Year with celebratory gunfire. Unfortunately, the people shooting off guns don’t often stop to think about where their bullets are landing. What goes up must come down. It’s the simple law of gravity. Where that bullet comes to a rest can mean the difference between going on with your day or spending the rest of your life in prison.
Before you decide to shoot off firearms this weekend, take a moment to read the following.
A bullet fired from a gun straight into the air can travel a distance of two miles before it turns to plummet back to earth. By the time it reaches the ground, that bullet can be traveling at 700 feet per second. At just 200 feet per second, a bullet is going fast enough to pierce a human skull. You can never predict where your bullet will land, and you do not know that it will land safely on the ground.
It is actually a felony to shoot off a firearm into the air. Discharging a weapon in city limits for no good reason is a crime. You can be charged with a crime if you choose to shoot your gun to celebrate the turnover of a new year. You can be charged with murder if that bullet you shot off falls to the ground and kills someone.
You have many options when midnight rolls around and they don’t include shooting a gun. Get in your car and lay on the horn. Run around your house with noise makers. Blow a whistle. There are any number of ways that you can make noise and usher in the New Year with a “bang.” Firing your weapon is not your only choice.
If you do decide to shoot a gun on New Year’s Eve, understand that you can be arrested. Also know that you stand a very real chance of injuring or killing someone. Make a better choice this weekend and usher in the New Year in a safer way.
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