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Glendale Police can track gunfire with 'shot spotter'

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New Year's Eve is just a couple days away, and Glendale Police are reminding folks firing your gun is not the way to celebrate.

Because of "Shannon's Law," you can face some serious time.

Officers do this every year -- talk to residents about just how dangerous random gunfire is. And because of the technology they have to work with, they can pinpoint an exact address of where that gunfire came from.

We're just days away from ringing in the New Year, and with all the parties out there, Glendale police is taking the time to remind folks celebrating with gunfire is illegal. The campaign is called "Fire a Shot You're Gonna Get Caught."

"We had a young lady who was killed in her backyard from a person who was doing just that, shooting a gun off into the air," says Glendale Police Lt. Matt Apodaca.

The girl he's talking about, 14-year-old Shannon Smith was killed back in 1999. The crime was only classified as a misdemeanor at the time.

Because of her death, the laws changed, and it's now a felony to randomly fire a gun.

Friday, officers hit the streets going door to door with pamphlets, not only informing the public of the dangers, but also telling them about their shot spotter technology.

It's a system that allows police to detect the exact address where a gun was fired from.

"We have centers around the city of Glendale that can triangulate where the shot has been fired and that way we can dispatch an officer that location to find out why that shot had been fired."

2013 is certainly a reason to celebrate, but responsibly.

"We want them to have a good time, enjoy themselves but we want them to follow the law and don't put themselves in danger or their neighbors in danger," says Lt. Apodaca.

If you hear gunfire, call police. Perpetrators could face 5 years in prison.

By the way, it's also illegal to use consumer fireworks within Glendale city limits. The penalty for setting off fireworks within city limits is a class 3 misdemeanor, with a minimum fine of $275.

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