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Crime Prevention Tips: New Year's Eve Gunfire

Stop New Year's Eve Celebratory Gunfire

Don't Shoot
New Year's Eve Gunfire Reduction

While law enforcement, in partnership with the community, local businesses and the media, has made an impact on reducing indiscriminate gunfire, the problem persists. The men and women of the San Francisco Police Department are once again asking the community to celebrate the New Year safely and responsibly. 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.

Many times individuals involved in celebrating New Year's Eve with gunfire do not realize the dangers posed by their actions. Researchers report that a bullet fired into the air can climb two miles into the air and remain in flight for more than a minute. As it falls, the bullet reaches a velocity of 300 to 700 feet per second. A velocity of only 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.

Facts to know:

  • Shooting a gun into the air is a felony. You will spend up to one year in prison if you are caught.
  • If you're arrested for shooting a gun into the air, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  • If a stray bullet from your gun should kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with murder.
  • People involved in celebrating the holidays by shooting their guns do not realize the danger posed by their actions.
  • A bullet fired into the air can climb up to two miles. When it falls back to earth, it can reach a speed of 300 to 700 feet per second.
  • If you ever see someone fire a gun into the air, call the police.
  • Celebrate the holidays safely and responsibly. Don't fire guns into the air.
Last updated: 12/18/2009 4:14:04 PM