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A New Year's Eve Warning From Santa Monica Police

The police department warns against firing guns on New Year's Eve.

Residents were warned this week against firing guns on New Year's Eve and were also urged to report gunfire to the Santa Monica Police.

"Each year throughout the country, as part of the New Year's Eve celebration, many individuals discharge their firearms into the air, not realizing the potential consequences of their actions," the police said in a press release.

Firing guns is dangerous and illegal, said Sgt. Richard Lewis.

The negligent discharge of a firearm is a felony. Bail is $35,000 and a conviction would result in sentence of time in state prison, Lewis said.

The police urged residents to report gunfire by calling dispatch at (310) 458-8491. If you witness someone firing a gun, call 911.

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