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Deputies promote gun safey on New Years Eve

Posted at 8:26 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 22:26:08-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- The Pima County Sheriff's Department is reminding people to stay safe with guns and fireworks this New Years Eve.

Deputies are urging people not to fire off their guns at midnight. While it may feel celebratory, Deputy Ryan Inglett says it is a felony and someone could get killed.

In 1999 Shannon Smith, 14, was in the yard of her Phoenix area home when she was struck and killed by a stray bullet.

"Naturally her parents campaigned to have what's now known as Shannon's Law come into effect, which makes it a felony to fire off your gun within city limits or within a mile of a structure," Inglett said.

Each year Inglett says they get calls of gunshots in car windows or homes. They also discourage people from using illegal fireworks.

If you have any issues, contact law enforcement.