TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17: A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012 and gun makers have reported a record high in demand. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass school shooting in Connecticut . (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Police departments across the country are reminding residents not to ring in the New Year by firing a gun into the air.The simple fact is that what goes up must come down, and sometimes people are struck and seriously hurt by falling bullets.
Last year, a woman in Raleigh, NC and a 9-year-old boy in Cleveland, OH were both hurt by stray bullets on New Year’s Eve.