Warning from Kansas City Police Chief: Shooting a gun in celebration will land you in jail

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Celebrating the new year means hats, horns, confetti and crowds.

It shouldn't include gunfire.

Kansas City Police said on Friday they will arrest anyone they find who's fired a gunshot into the air to celebrate New Year's Eve.

"Firing a gun in city limits is against the law 365 days a year and that includes New Year's Eve,'' Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte said in a statement. "Residents should be able to celebrate the holiday safely and not be in fear of being struck by a stray bullet. Officers will be on the lookout for this illegal gunfire and will arrest perpetrators.''

Kansas City police received nearly 150 sounds of shots fired calls from 10 p.m. Dec. 31, 2011 to 5 a.m. on January 1, 2012.

A stray bullet fired from a gun during a July 4th celebration killed 11-year-old Blair Shanahan-Lane as she played outside.

The bullet was fired from an apartment complex several blocks away.

A man was charged in the case and sentenced to three years in prison.

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