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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Release No. 245 Friday,
27, 2013, 2:45 P.M., CDT
Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams
Public Information Officer
Telephone No. (205) 254-6567
Celebratory Gunfire Enforcement – Operation Crackdown Media Conference
Celebrating the New Year holiday with the reckless and irresponsible shooting of firearms in the air is not only unlawful, but dangerous.
The projectile that goes into the air has to come down. It can cause property damage and more significantly may cause serious injury or death. 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. A velocity of
only 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.
We are asking that citizens refrain from shooting their weapons during this year’s celebration. If you see someone fire a gun, call the police.
If a stray bullet from your gun should hit or kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with felony assault or murder. There will be a high visibility of
officers throughout the city to enforce firearms violations.
At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013, Birmingham Police Chief, A.C. Roper and his command staff will address the media about the dangers of
celebratory gunfire and give an overview of the upcoming New Year’s Eve operation to combat this problem. The media conference will take place at the Birmingham
Police Department Headquarters, located at 1710 1st Avenue North. Media representatives are asked to arrive at 9:45 a.m.