Police: Do not shoot guns on New Year's Eve

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police have announced their efforts to curb celebratory gunfire from some New Year's Eve revelers.

Chief Roper wants to spread the word that celebratory gunfire is illegal and if you do it on New Years Eve, you will be headed to jail.

This is the second year for the Birmingham Police Department's Operation Crackdown. The program works to both raise awareness of the dangers of firing guns in the air and to apprehend those who decide to take part in the dangerous tradition.

150 additional officers will be on patrol New Year"s Eve and the department has designated problem areas where the most shots were recorded last year. They are hoping citizens will heed these early warnings and find other ways to ring in 2011.

"There's a legal way to celebrate the new year," said Chief Roper. "It does not mean getting in your yard shooting in the air. If you do that, I guarantee we will do everything we can to help you to celebrate the new year in the Birmingham City Jail."

Roper also said that last year's program was a success.  He said he got calls and emails from citizens saying that last year was the quietest New Years Eve many had experienced in decades.  Roper expects similar success this year.

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