Deputies warn against celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve

Deputies warn against celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve
As the new year approaches, authorities are warning against firing guns in the air at the stroke of midnight. (Dakota, Michael)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As the new year approaches, authorities are warning against firing guns in the air at the stroke of midnight.

Celebratory gunfire is a problem most common on holidays like New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July.

In Arizona, Shannon’s Law makes that a felony.

The law is named after 14-year-old Shannon Smith, a Phoenix girl killed by a stray bullet in 1999.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said they investigate each incident on a case-by-case basis.

Celebratory gunfire can lead to property damage, injury or death.

The PCSD asks the community to come forward if they hear gunshots in their neighborhood.

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