Yearly Reminder: Celebratory gunfire is illegal and can kill people

July 3, 2020
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It’s that time of year again when police departments across the Georgia remind Georgians that celebratory gunfire is illegal and is not an appropriate way to celebrate a holiday.

For those unfamiliar with the “tradition,” there are those among us who celebrate holidays by shooting guns into the air.

For those who celebrate in this fashion, let’s go over it again for 2020, shall we?

Fireworks are legal in Georgia. You are free to send fireworks up into the air. State law considers this an appropriate celebration of our nation’s birthday, and you have the right to celebrate by safely using fireworks.

Celebratory gunfire is illegal in Georgia. This is due to a scientific law known as gravity. Gravity declares that what goes up must come down. That bullet you launched into the air will come down and strike something or someone.

This is considered an inappropriate way to celebrate your freedom because it infringes upon someone else’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Shooting firearms recklessly and discharging a firearm 50 yards from a public street or highway are both against the law.

The Savannah Police Department and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department are among many law enforcement agencies throughout the state reminding residents that celebratory gunfire will be met by prosecution.

If you would like to report celebratory gunfire in your area, contact your local police department’s non-emergency number.

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