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News Release

Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Media Relations

July 4th Gunfire Suppression

Los Angeles- Each year, as part of the Independence Day celebration on July 4th, many individuals participate in a ritual of shooting their guns in the air, not realizing the potential dangers of this practice. In an effort to make the public aware of these dangers, the Los Angeles Police Department has embarked upon a campaign to educate the public.

California Penal Code Section 146.3 prohibits negligent discharging of firearms, and anyone who violates 246.3 PC, will have their firearms confiscated, and will be arrested for a felony. In the event that errant gunfire kills someone, shooters will be arrested and charged for murder.

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) is available at the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section for all television and radio networks. The PSA contains a message from the family of 9-year-old shooting victim, Brian Perez.

Media Relation Section personnel will be available to explain and/or answer questions, relating to issues associated with shooting guns during Independence Day, at (213) 485-3586.