Do not fire guns into the air to celebrate the holiday season. | News
The Bibb Sheriff's office says not only is shooting a firearm into the air to celebrate dangerous, it is also illegal. In a press release, authorities warn that when you fire a weapon into the air, the bullet must come down. Stray bullets can damage property and hurt or kill people. Shooting a firearm 50 yards from a public street or highway is also against the law.
Experts at the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Technology say a bullet fired into the air can reach speeds up to 219 mph before it hits the ground. The sheriff's office wants people to be mindful that celebratory fire can be easily avoided.
Deputies will be on patrol, monitoring reckless conduct as well as drinking and driving. If you hear or see gunfire, they ask that you please call local law enforcement.