This is from the Orlando Sentinel`s Crime Blog. While the Fourth Of July
is supposed to be celebrated with "pomp, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations this from one end of the continent to the other," as John Adams said, on the 2nd of July, 1776, I expect most Americans are bright enough not to celebrate it by firing loaded
guns into the air. The Ocoee Police Department thinks that Mexicans may not be so careful about Cinco De Mayo.
In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, the Ocoee Police Department is reminding its residents to celebrate safely and responsibly:
No guns on Cinco de Mayoposted by Walter Pacheco on May 2, 2007 9:08:56 AM
- Don’t discharge firearms into the air. Shooting a gun into the air is a crime. You will spend up to one year in prison if you are caught.
- Weapons are subject to being forfeited to the police.
- If you’re arrested for discharging a firearm into the air, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
- If a stray bullet from your gun should kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with murder.
- People involved in celebrating the holidays by discharging their firearms do not realize the danger posed by their actions.
- A bullet fired into the air can climb up to two miles. When it falls back to earth, it can reach a speed of 300 to 700 feet per second.
- If you see someone discharging a firearm into the air, call the police.