SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Police Department has launched the "Celebrate the New Year Without Gunfire" campaign based on a simple principle of physics: what goes up, must come down.
Celebrating the New Year by firing weapons into the air is dangerous and carries significant potential legal penalties. Each year, people in cities across America are injured or killed as bullets fall to earth after being fired into the air in a burst of celebratory vigor.
"This is an absolutely senseless danger," said Suisun City Police Chief Ed Dadisho. "People are endangering themselves, their loved ones and neighbors by illegally using firearms to celebrate. All too often alcohol consumption is a contributing factor to this lack of responsible decision-making."
Under California state law, reckless discharge of a firearm carries a maximum prison sentence of up to three years.
According to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, falling bullets most often strike victims in the head with sufficient velocity to cause death.
The Suisun City Police Department asks all residents to enjoy the holiday responsibly by locking their weapons away during New Year’s Eve celebrations, limiting alcohol consumption, and not drinking and driving.
The Department will also staff additional patrol officers on New Years Eve, with directed patrol for drunk drivers, random gunfire, and other disturbances.