Sheriff warns against celebratory New Year’s Eve gunfire

December 31, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012

King County Sheriff John Urquhart warned New Year’s Eve revelers against shooting guns to ring in 2013.

Nationwide, celebratory gunfire causes injuries and deaths, and local law enforcement officials want to prevent such problems in King County.

“Any bullet fired from a gun must land somewhere and the risks of causing an injury or death is significant,” Urquhart said in a statement.

The sheriff’s office said if investigators can pinpoint somebody shooting, then the agency intends to fully enforce the law. The minimum penalty for reckless endangerment is up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

“Don’t spend your last day of 2012 in jail,” Urquhart said. “Have fun but don’t risk lives.”

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