Alabama Police: Do not shoot guns in public to celebrate July 4th
Each year, police warn revelers ahead of July 4 and New Year’s Eve to avoid walking outside, raising their guns skyward and firing bullets of ammo in celebration.
The activity is illegal. And in a year when gun crime continues to be a problem and some cities have more homicides than last year, police are once again warning residents not to shoot their guns until the weekend. of Independence Day.
“The Mobile Police Service is committed to a zero tolerance policy for the illegal use of firearms and to addressing gun violence in the community,” said Charlette Solis, gatekeeper. word of the mobile police service in a press release reminding residents to refrain from shooting.
“The mission is to protect the quality of life for all residents by creating an environment where safety and security are enhanced. »
Mobile police remind residents that the reality is that “every bullet fired from a gun, even in the sky, has to land somewhere.” When this is the case, “the risk of injury or death is significant”.
Mobile, as part of its “Operation Echo Stop” crime-fighting initiative, recently rolled out new shot-tracking technology in which cameras can detect gunshots in a small area of town.
Last year, the city of Montgomery used technology to alert authorities to gunfire activity during the Independence Day holiday. Montgomery, according to media reports, saw a 50% drop in calls related to illegal shooting or fireworks compared to 2020.
Reed told WFSA-TV last July that the city has a “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal gun-related activity.
According to Mobile Police, anyone caught discharging a firearm in public could be arrested.
Birmingham Police, in 2020, issued a similar press release advising residents that celebratory fireworks and gunfire are illegal within the city limits.
In Elmore County, Sheriff Bill Franklin recently told WSFA-TV that those who participate in celebratory shootings can be charged with assault, manslaughter or even reckless murder.
It’s not Alabama‘s agencies warning against shooting guns in public to celebrate the holidays. Authorities in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Cleveland and beyond are posting notices warning residents against the practice.