IMPD warns against firing guns to celebrate the New Year

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 31, 2014)– As Hoosiers prepare to celebrate the New Year, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) wants to remind people of the dangers associated with firing a weapon into the air.

Doing so can cause serious or permanent injury to unsuspecting individuals.  Individuals firing a weapon risk arrest and possible prosecution.

Officers responded to several calls for service reference gunshots for New Year’s Eve 2014, thankfully no significant injuries were reported.

A bullet fired into the air can ascend a mile or more in the air, and its descent is what can cause serious injury or death.  Smaller caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 300 feet per second and larger caliber ammunition can fall at a rate of 500 feet per second.  A rate of 150 to 170 feet per second can penetrate the human skin and a velocity of 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.

If arrested for firing a weapon, an individual could face a criminal charge of criminal recklessness, a level 6 felony, which is punishable by six months to 2 and a half years in jail and a potential fine of up to $10,000.

If you see someone firing a weapon, you’re urged to call 911.

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