Some ring in the new year with a kiss or a rousing cheer… some with the toot of a horn… and unfortunately, some will choose to fire their guns into the night sky… and according to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Richards, not only is that illegal but it is very dangerous.
“Dangerous and reckless behavior,” he says.
Richards says it is important to remember that what goes up, must come down.
“You have no way of predicting where a stray bullet might fall,” he says. “According to several studies by the CDC, although a bullet will come back down at less than terminal velocity, it only takes about 200-feet-per-second to enter the skull.”
Richards encourages those witnessing the reckless-shooting of any firearm to immediately call 911.