New Year’s celebrants in Hemet who shoot off guns to ring in 2019 could face criminal charges.
Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust said that no instance of celebratory gunfire will be tolerated.
“The police department urges residents not to fire guns in the air while celebrating the New Year,” Pust said. “Anyone caught firing a gun into the air within the city limits will be arrested.”
The lieutenant said that anyone who witnesses an individual firing a gun for fun should not attempt to confront the perpetrator, but should instead call 911 immediately.
California law prescribes possible jail or prison time, as well as fines and probation, for anyone convicted of using a gun recklessly, or in a manner that “could result in injury or death to a person.”
A felony conviction results in the loss of gun ownership privileges.
Along with the Hemet Police Department, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies countywide will be enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for celebratory gunfire.
“The city … is encouraging residents to be cautious and responsible while ringing in the New Year,” Pust said.
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