New King County Sheriff Warns ‘Don’t Shoot Your Gun in the Air New Year’s Eve’


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For all our gun-totin’ Readers out there, your new King County Sheriff John Urqhart has a warning about firing guns in the air to celebrate New Year’s Eve:

“Any bullet fired from a gun must land somewhere, and the risks of causing an injury or death is significant,” Urquhart said. “The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be serious and the King County Sheriff’s Office is saying, ‘Don’t Do It!’”

Every year around the country people are injured and killed by celebratory gunfire and law enforcement officials want to keep that from happening in King County.

The Sheriff’s Office said if they can pinpoint someone shooting they will fully enforce the law. At a minimum, a person can be charged with Reckless Endangerment and if convicted it can land the shooter in jail for up to 364 days with a fine of up to $5,000.

Sheriff Urquhart’s bottom line on New Year’s Eve is:

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

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3 Responses to “New King County Sheriff Warns ‘Don’t Shoot Your Gun in the Air New Year’s Eve’”
  1. Coverofnight says:

    I agree…..any idiot who does that or even considers doing that should not be allowed to own a gun!

    A good opportunity to remind readers too, that there will be plenty of illegal fireworks out tonight, so take care to watch and protect your pets……let’s not read of lost, scared dogs and cats looking to be reunited with careless owners.

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  2. Lisa B. says:

    Looks like some of my Hazel Valley neighbors didn’t get the memo. I wish the sheriff could punish them by making them move away. Preferably by July 4.

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    • Shari says:

      …or at least just GO away twice a year to someplace where imitating a war zone is less terrifying and traumatic to pets and wildlife and nerve-fraying to humans? Maybe some giant expanse outside Moses Lake filled with snowmobilers. It makes me sad to turn my pets into stupefied zombies several days every year just so some people can play out scenes from The Hurt Locker.

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