I've written before about the risk of shooting guns in the air to celebrate. Those bullets will all fall back to earth and could hurt someone or something. When we talk about the rules of safe gun handling during our courses, we always reinforce that a gun should always be pointed in a safe direction - one that can stop a bullet without damaging anyone or anything. Unfortunately, there are many incidents every year of gun owners break that rule and negligently shooting their guns in the air.
I didn't realize that this was a common occurrence in RVA too until I saw this Richmond Times Dispatch article . The Richmond Police took 181 calls about celebratory gunfire on New Years Eve and New Years Day 2018 and got 11 reports of property damage. (including the window and frame shown above). I'm thankful that no one was killed or injured. I work in Downtown Richmond and I really like the whole downtown area. However, based on this, I recommend staying away from Downtown on New Years Eve and New Years Day!
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Jon Woodard - NRA certified instructor. Passionate about gun safety, shooting and self-defense.