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Glendale police advise celebratory gun shots are illegal

July 04, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Fourth of July holiday weekend is upon us. The Glendale Police Department wants to remind the public to have a safe holiday and to remember that celebratory gun fire is illegal.

Last year from July 3 to July 5, there were five times the daily amount of gun fire than any other time previously during 2015, according to ShotSpotter.

What is ShotSpotter? It is a resource that can be used by police to pinpoint the exact location where a gun has been fired. The Glendale Police use ShotSpotter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Random gun fire is against the law and punishable by more than five years in prison. Having a safe and enjoyable holiday is our primary concern for the public, which is why officers check each ShotSpotter activation that indicates a firearm was used. Fire a shot? You’re gonna get caught.

Please celebrate safely and do not endanger your community by firing off a gun in celebration of the holiday. Random gun fire can hurt, maim, or even kill a neighbor. Remember Newton’s law of gravity, “what goes up must come down.”

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