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News Release

Tuesday, December 28, 1999

Media Relations

Y2K/Gunfire Reduction Campaign Press Conference

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Tuesday, December 28, 1999


WHAT:
Y2K/Gunfire Reduction Campaign Press Conference

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 29, 1999
10:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles Police Department Academy
Athletic Field
1880 North Academy Drive
Los Angeles, CA

WHY:
Each year, as part of the New Year celebration, 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 and the Los Angeles Unified School District have embarked upon a poster campaign to educate the public.

California Penal Code Section 246.3 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 can and will be arrested and prosecuted for every homicide.

The media is invited to join Chief Bernard C. Parks, members of the Los Angeles City Council, and representatives from Mayor Riordan's Office, LAUSD and other agencies, in getting the word out that those bringing in the New Year with gunfire will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Also in attendance will be student semi-finalists in the LAUSD Gunfire Reduction essay and poster contest. Join these students and their families in receiving certificates of appreciation. Prizes will be awarded to four (4) as yet unannounced lucky essay and poster winners!

Although Public Service Announcements (including the animated "ANIMACTION" and the family of 9 year-old shooting victim Brian Perez videos) have been distributed to the media, press packets and additional video and audio cassettes will be given to the media at the Press Conference. Refreshments will also be served.

For additional information, please contact Officer Guillermo Campos, Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.



For Release 9:10 am PST
December 28, 1999