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Experts Caution Against Celebratory Gunfire

Open Society Foundation

When celebrating Independence Day, experts say you should keep guns off the list.

There will be lots of fireworks being shot into the sky on the Fourth of July, but law enforcement officers urge that celebratory gunfire should stay out of the mix.

"It only takes one gun and one bullet to kill someone," said Detective Larry McKinnon, the public information officer with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

He said that what the celebratory shooters are lacking is foresight.

"Bullets go up and they come down somewhere, and where they land, you have no control over as opposed to pointing them at a target and shooting," McKinnon said.

McKinnon said shooters can face charges if the bullet damages property or hurts a person. 

Joe Krawtschenko, a retired police officer and manager of the firearm safety training organization Aegis Tactical, agreed with McKinnon.

"What goes up must come down. That's the simplest way to put it," Krawtschenko said. "You fire that round off into the air, it can travel a mile and a half, two miles in any direction."

He said gun owners should have enough common sense not to shoot into the air. 

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