AUSTIN, Texas — Police are urging the public to not fire guns into the air this Fourth of July holiday.
The Austin Police Department said that firing a weapon into the air is not only illegal, it's also very dangerous to the community.
APD said it's a reminder that what goes up, must also come back down. A single bullet fired in the air will drop back down and can potentially harm individuals.
Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, echoed APD's statements.
"It tends to be something that some people will gravitate toward on holidays and along with that comes alcohol and drinking and guns, and we advocate against all of that," Cargill said. "That is not gun safety, that is not what we do in the gun community or any community."
According to police, firing a gun can lead to a Class A misdemeanor charge. Police are urging you to call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.
"A lot of people in Texas have firearms, and we're very used to our firearms and we are a firearm culture here in Texas," Cargill said. "What I would recommend people do is, during the holidays, if you're gonna drink, you're gonna have those festivities, save the shooting for the gun range. But then a day like this, if you're gonna do fireworks, go out into the county, not the city and do your fireworks and have a great time so we can all enjoy each other the next day."
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