Mayor Pittman discourages Celebratory gunfire this New Year's Eve

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Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman would like to wish all residents a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and prosperous 2015.   As the New Year’s date approaches, she would like to remind revelers to party responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.

She also noted that Celebratory gunfire is illegal and very dangerous. Common occasions for celebratory gunfire include New Year's Day, 4th of July and Christmas and the practice can result in random death and injury from stray bullets. Property damage is sometimes another result of Celebratory gunfire; shattered windows and damaged roofs are often found after such celebrations.

There is an ordinance in Doraville that makes discharging a firearm unlawful (Code 1969, § 10-26):

Discharging. It shall be unlawful for any person other than law enforcement officers in actual discharge of their duties as such, or persons in actual defense of life, limb, or property of themselves or others under their lawful protection, to discharge any sort of gun, pistol, rifle or firearm, or BB, air or spring gun, within the City, whether the same is loaded with bullet, shot, shell, missile or a mere explosive blank cartridge, shell or other explosive device; shall be presumed that any discharge of a weapon within the corporate limits is in violation of this section.

“Just remember, that what goes up has to come down, sometimes with fatal results,” Pittman cautioned. “Many of us remember a small child killed while sitting in church on New Year’s Eve a few years ago. We certainly don’t want that to happen here to any of our citizens. It’s great to enter into the spirit of celebrating a new year, but please act responsibly when doing so.”

Discharging a firearm is never appropriate or legal for celebrations...please refrain from using weapons to celebrate this New Year’s Eve!

Happy 2015!!