Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Sheriff: Zero tolerance toward celebratory gunfire

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is pledging a zero tolerance approach to celebratory gunfire this New Year's.

"There are many ways to safely celebrate and bring in the New Year. Discharging a firearm is not one of them," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis in a press release sent Tuesday.

"It's just too easy for people to get hurt. Leave the firearms at home in a safe and secure location," Nienhuis added.

The sheriff's office said stray bullets have injured and killed innocent bystanders in the past, and the agency promised a "zero tolerance stance on any and all illegal gun use and gun crime during the holiday."

Anyone who hears gunfire or suspicious activity is asked to call the sheriff's office, or their local law enforcement agency.

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