ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Up until the last few years, St. Louis sounded like a war zone after midnight on New Year’s. An old tradition had people going outside at the stroke of midnight and firing their guns in the air.
With the increase in popularity of semi-automatic weapons, you could hear hundreds of rounds a minute up until about fifteen minutes after midnight.
Some of the rounds went through roofs of homes. Occasionally, they came down and killed people standing outside.
Several years ago, police played a tape recording broadcast by KMOX and stepped up enforcement. Neighbors were encouraged to call police when they heard gunshots.
Now, the St. Louis prosecutor, Jennifer Joyce, says firing a gun to celebrate New Year’s is an ordinance violation — and firing a firearm when drunk, is a felony.
For the past few years, since police cracked down, the New Years gunfire in the city has slowed considerably.
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