Police remind citizens not to celebrate July Fourth with gunfire

Police remind citizens not to celebrate July Fourth with gunfire

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Local police departments are sending out a warning tonight: please don't celebrate Fourth of July with gunfire.

Officers say if they catch anyone engaging in celebratory gunfire, that person will be arrested. To curb the practice, Birmingham Police will send out extra patrols and keep an eye on SpotShotter.

"It's very scary because a lot of people think that bullets are just up there hanging around...it has to come back down and it comes down with enough force to kill someone so its very important people refrain from this gunfire," Sgt. Johnny Williams said.

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale echoes those sentiments.

"Gun owners in Jefferson County, they have a lot of rights. The Second Amendment is precious and I support it. But I will revoke that permit if we catch them being unsafe and shooting that gun in the air. The open carry laws don't cover that," Hale said.

In addition, it is illegal to shoot fireworks in the city of Birmingham and Bessemer. Celebrants can enjoy the pyrotechnics in Jefferson County.

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