Shannon's Law: Three Dopes Arrested on New Year's Eve Despite Highly Publicized Warnings From Phoenix Police Department

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Phoenix Police Department
These three guys will be ringing in the New Year with a felony -- compliments of firearms and stupidity.
Randomly firing bullets into the air as a means of celebration may seem like an incredibly stupid way to ring in the new year, yet people do it -- often enough for lawmakers to pass a law that makes doing so a felony.

Last week, the Phoenix Police Department, as well as several city officials, issued a friendly reminder to residents asking they don't randomly fire bullets into the air. The PPD warned that anyone caught doing so could be charged with a felony under Shannon's Law.

At least three people didn't listen to the department's warning and were arrested for discharging a weapon within city limits -- a felony -- over the New Year's Eve weekend.

Kiko Sierra, 20, David Sandoval-Garcia, 27, and David Bowles, 35 (all pictured), were each arrested over the weekend for discharging a weapon within city limits. Sierra and Sandoval-Garcia were each additionally charged with misconduct involving a weapon.

The Phoenix P.D.'s determination to end random gunfire on holidays isn't just a few cops yelling at the clouds -- it's dangerous.

This New Year's Eve marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Shannon Smith, a 14-year-old honor student killed on New Year's Eve in 1999 by a stray bullet fired randomly into the air while she was standing in her backyard talking on the phone.

Shocked that randomly firing a gun in an urban environment was only a misdemeanor, Smith's parents campaigned to pass "Shannon's Law" in 2000, which makes doing so a felony.

Since then, the Phoenix Police Department says, random gunfire on New Year's Eve has
been reduced by 83 percent in the city of Phoenix -- 759 "shots fired" calls on New Years 2002 to 129 reports of gunfire this year.

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Shannon's Law was one of the first projects I worked on as a Councilman and it remains close to my heart. I'm proud to have led this living tribute to Shannon along with people like Jack Harris, Rick Romley and Shannon's parents, Lori and Otis Smith," Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon says in a statement. "Reducing random gunfire 83 percent means we're saving lives and there's no more important work we can do. Please, have a healthy, happy New Year's weekend."

The three arrested over the weekend will each be ringing in the New Year with a felony. Moral of the story: celebrating an event by randomly firing bullets into the air is one of the stupider things you can do. 
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MR NATURAL
MR NATURAL

seems to me cholos and niggers are suppose to be shooting and killing each other. if they were real rednecks thats what they would be doing. why waste good ammo by shooting it into the air anyway. typical cholos and a nigger idea to do something that wasteful and stupid. and then be dumb enough to get caught to.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Wow, way to class up the joint... Sounds like they could have made much better use of their ammo by pointing the guns your direction...

MR NATURAL
MR NATURAL

look at those clean cut short haired geeks mugshots. this is more proof that short haired clean cut males are really stupid and have no brains and are all troublemakers. now if they were old long haired hippies who are alot smarter than today short haired clean cut dweebs they would not have gotten into this pinch. dont trust anybody who has short cut barbered hair and is clean cut. they are impostors. they are really outlaw bad guy hoods gangsters and criminals and known law breakers.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The saddest commentary is that it should not take a law to prevent this sort of behavior. Since we have voids of common sense as noted in the entry above, the state should take every chance to train the citizens on safe gun handling, gun laws, and responsible behavior. The CCW course I took 15 years ago was a good start on that. Since then, it has been watered down and then finally eliminated for general concealed carry. I think that is a tragedy that will ultimately cause harm or cause a "Good Samaritan" to be charged with a homicide because they are not aware of what the laws are in play in a self defense situation.

Secondammendmentidiots
Secondammendmentidiots

The wild, wild west. Two Chicanos and a Black guy ?!?!Now I'm pretty damned sure that Racist Russell (Pearce) intended his asinine "carry law" to apply only to white-bread finger-dicks, like himself. How dare anyone of the non-white persuasion possess, let alone fire off, a gun. The hell's the matter with 'em ???If they were shooting at each, however, I'm sure Rusty Penis would be cool with that.The wild, wild worst... That's Arizona's law makers ( read trouble makers ).

Mistalee
Mistalee

"If they were shooting at each, however, I'm sure Rusty Penis would be cool with that."

If they were shooting at each other, I'D buy them the bullets, and I'd make sure they were hollowpoints. The fucking morons were endangering innocent lives. There's no excuse for that.

Mistalee
Mistalee

OK.

Lets think this through. Nutfucks who fire guns in the air kill people in their own neighborhoods. If this was all some racist conspiracy, don't you think cops would be busting on white people firing their weapons in lily-white neighborhoods in order to protect other white people?

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