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Bakersfield police urge public not to ring in the new year with celebratory gunfire

Credit: Chris Chadd via MGN

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking citizens to celebrate the new year safely and not with celebratory gunfire.

Police would like to remind people that when a bullet is discharged into the air, it will come back down. That, needless to say, poses a risk to those in the surrounding areas.

It is a felony to discharge any firearm in a celebratory fashion and is classified as a negligent discharge of a firearm, according to police.

Anyone with information about people who discharge firearms are asked to call police at (661) 327-7111.

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