RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – A warning for gun owners during these fourth of July festivities. Hefty fines or possible jail time could follow for those engaging in celebratory gunfire.
It’s a practice that occurs despite much warning, and one local congressman is looking to give you one more reason to not discharge your firearm into the air tonight.
Spending time with loved ones, a special meal, and fireworks. There are traditional ways to celebrate the nations independence and then there is one that worries law enforcement and law makers.
Celebratory gunfire, it’s a practice gun shops and most gun owners disapprove of. However, despite the warnings, there is a chance that a stray bullet could severely injure or kill someone this 4th of July.
“Enjoy the holidays. Have fun with the family. Make sure that everybody is safe. Do not fire your guns in the air.” Says Representative Armando Martinez.
On the eve of 2017, State Representative Armando Martinez was hit by a stray bullet. Since then, he’s been pushing for legislation to punish those that cause harm through what he calls, reckless discharge.
“It got hung up in calendar committee this session. It’s something that we’re going to continue to push. I think it’s important to continue to educate the public and inform them how important it is not to celebrate in that fashion.” Says Martinez.
Even though it was not adopted during this legislative session, the congressman says he will continue to fight the practice of celebratory gunfire.
“Be responsible not only for you, but for the children that are trying to enjoy the holiday as well. That way, everybody can have a great July 4th weekend.” Says Martinez.
Across the state, law enforcement is urging the public not to fire guns into the air during the holidays. Saying, what comes up must come down.