The Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments are taking part in a gunfire reduction campaign aimed to warn people about what has become a deadly New Year’s Eve tradition of indiscriminately firing guns into the air.
“This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that, while on the decline, has continued to be a deadly tradition in our County and in our City,” the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release.
An advanced piece of technology, called the ShotSpotter, will be deployed in the Century and Compton station areas, according to the release.
The ShotSpotter can pinpoint gunfire within a few feet of where shots were fired, police said.
Those arrested for shooting a gun will be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law, authorities said.
Discharging a firearm into the air is punishable by one year in state prison, a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated.
Authorities also strongly discouraged the public from playing with toy replica guns that resemble real weapons.