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Police reminder: celebratory gunfire is dangerous and illegal

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As people began making plans for New Years, police are asking people to refrain from ringing in the holiday with gunfire.

Birmingham police want to remind residents that the firing of firearms is illegal and dangerous. They say it can cause property damage and serious injuries or death. Police point to statistics that show a falling bullet can reach the speed of 300 to 700 feet per second. They say all it takes is 200 feet per second to penetrate the skull.

Police are stepping up patrols for the holiday but is still asking anyone who sees a gun fired to call them.

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