ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff's Office asked the community not to celebrate the new year by firing random gunshots, calling it "dangerous and illegal."
Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings explained that firing weapons as a way to celebrate is not a responsible decision.
“There are many ways to enjoy the New Year, but firing random shots in the air should not be among them," Demings said. "This dangerous activity could severely injure or kill a person you have never met or someone you know and love.”
The OCSO said studies showed that rounds fired from a .30-caliber handgun reach a speed that is enough to for the bullet to penetrate human skin or smash a skull.
Charges for discharging a firearm on public or residential property can range from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony, according to officials.