It is almost a tradition. In Philadelphia,on New Years Eve, there are fireworks on the river, a Mummers parade and a few idiots will "celebrate"the new year by firing guns into the air. They don't want to hurt anyone, but they like the loud popping noise a gun makes. They are confident no one will be hurt, and they are only shooting a few rounds into the air from a small pistol.
"That kind of thinking is wrong, you don't know where someone is or will be . Just because you did this in the past does not mean anything. You will not know if you shot someone", Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. during a press conference. One such year, in 1999, Joe Jaskolka was walking down a south Philadelphia street when an errant bullet struck him in the head. Multiple surgeries later he is able to maneuver around via a wheelchair.
District Attorney Seth Williams said that those arrested will be charged with misdemeanors. "If a bullet from your gun hits someone, you will be charged with a felony." "You will have your gun confiscated and your permit will be revoked, and we will be there to prevent you from obtaining another gun permit, if you are arrested", added Ramsey.
Officers in uniform will be patrolling the streets in marked and unmarked vehicles. "Based on previous complaints of gun fire, we know where to concentrate our patrols" Ramsey said.
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