Police aren't just after drunk drivers New Year's Eve - KMOV.com

Police aren't just after drunk drivers New Year's Eve

(KMOV) -- St. Louis Police have a warning for trigger-happy revelers New Year's Eve:  They're out looking for you.

They'll have specific officers assigned to respond to calls about gun shots fired in the air.  It's illegal in the city and, by the way, if you fire a gun while drunk it's a felony.

But the main motivation should be the fact when that bullet comes down and can hurt or kill someone or at least damage someone's car or home.

"Newton's theory hasn't changed," says Major Lawrence O'Toole.  "What goes up has to come down and it's very dangerous. Certain bullets depending on their caliber, some high-powered rifles can go for miles."

While Major O'Toole didn't have any numbers handy, he says he believes the incidents of people firing guns in our area have gone down in recent years.

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.

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