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King County Sheriff Warns Against 'Celebratory' Gunfire on New Year's Eve

A person can be charged with Reckless Endangerment for firing a gun in a public place and can land the shooter in jail for up to 364 days and imposed a fine of up to $5,000.

The King County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday urged residents with firearms preparing to fire off a few rounds to celebrate the New Year tomorrow night with three words: “Don’t Do It!”

“Any bullet fired from a gun must land somewhere and the risks of causing an injury or death is significant”, said King County Sheriff John Urquhart in a news release.

Every year around the country people are injured and killed by celebratory gunfire and law enforcement officials want to keep that from happening in King County.

The Sheriff’s Office said if they can pinpoint someone shooting they will fully enforce the law.  At a minimum a person can be charged with Reckless Endangerment and if convicted can land the shooter in jail for up to 364 days and imposed a fine of up to $5,000.

Sheriff Urquhart said the bottom line for New Year’s Eve was a simple calculation.

"Have fun but don’t risk lives," he said. “Don’t spend your last day of 2012 in jail.”

Kris Robbs December 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Has this been a problem?
Kendall Watson December 31, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Surprising, right? According to KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West, this is an issue every year and is widespread across the county. She said she was not aware of any recent injuries or deaths as a result of this, but they have evidence that it is a "pretty common problem" in King County.
Bob Martinek December 31, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Yeah, another sign that Woodinville is not a farm.
Greg Johnston (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Bob, just curious, was your family involved in growing blueberries in the valley in the 1950s-60s?
Don December 31, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind, Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign? Smoking is not allowed, wear a seatbelt or we'll throw your rear in jail and fine you to boot. Don't play your music or we'll fine you, put tabs on your car or we'll pull you over, impound your car, and give you a fine. If you don't pay we'll throw your rear in jail. Don't honk your horn or we'll pull you over and give you a ticket for noise pollution. Everyday I get down on my hands and knees thanking the almighty police for teaching me to how think, how to act , where to walk and how to talk. This place is starting to look more like old Russia every day.
Michael Merry December 31, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Don, I think this notice is geared more towards the common-sense-challenged citizenry. Unless you're one of them, I don't think you have anything to worry about, and maybe you should appreciate the police providing the notice.
Edward A. January 01, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I think he knows that. He's just trolling :)
Missy Yepthatsme January 01, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Redmond cops are the best cops ever
Heidi Dean January 01, 2013 at 08:01 PM
We heard fireworks last night but I believe we also had an idiot up here in Newport Hills firing a gun. Three adults in my house heard & agreed that's what it was; definitely different from fireworks. Who does that, especially in a heavily populated residential area?
Jeanne Gustafson January 01, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I'm not in Newport Hills, but I'm pretty sure I heard at least one gunshot also. Seems like a no-brainer to not take shots in the dark just for fun, but apparently the reminder might be needed after all.

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