FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Release No. 238 Wednesday,
December 22, 2010, 8:00 A.M., CDT
Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams
Public Information Officer
Telephone No. (205) 254-1708
Celebratory Gunfire Enforcement
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 importantly 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. Violations will be enforced.
At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday December 28, 2010,
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper will address the media about the dangers of celebratory gunfire as well as an
overview of the upcoming plan to combat this problem. The media conference will take place at the Birmingham Police
Department Headquarters, located at 1710 1st Avenue North.