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Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run

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.


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