Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Bryan Police Warn of Celebratory Gunfire
The Bryan Police Department would like to remind the citizens of Bryan that “celebratory gunfire” is strictly prohibited by law and could result in the arrest and prosecution of violators.
“Celebratory gunfire” is the indiscriminate firing of a weapon into the air. Every year in America on New Year’s Eve, lives are lost as a result of “celebratory gunfire”. Many people are unaware of the dangers related to firing a weapon into the air and often do so without regard as to where the bullet may fall. When a bullet comes down it is traveling at a fatal velocity. In the worst case scenario, the falling bullets will most likely to hit the head, shoulders, or feet of an innocent bystander resulting in serious injury or death. In less dramatic situations the bullets fall onto houses, businesses or vehicles causing damage.
Discharging a firearm or a deadly weapon in a public place (except in a firing range) is defined as Disorderly Conduct and is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000. Depending on the damage or injury caused by the bullet, the repercussions could be more severe and result in more severe punishment.
The Bryan Police Department encourages the citizens of Bryan to celebrate the holidays safely and responsibly. Citizens are urged to immediately call 911 and report any unlawful discharge of a firearm this New Year’s Eve.
Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Department at 979-361-3888; contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600. Together we can make a difference in our community.
Officer Jason B. James
Bryan Police Department
Public Information Officer
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