Celebratory Gunfire

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Police agencies across Alabama are urging citizens to refrain from celebratory gunfire over the New Year's holiday. The practice has resulted in the deaths of several people in recent years and numerous injuries.

Alabama law classifies celebratory gunfire as reckless endangerment -- a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction could result in a jail term of up to 12 months and a one-thousand dollar fine.

The criminal charge will be upgraded to a felony if the bullet hits someone or something.