gun safety

Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper announced he's issuing an executive directive to several state agencies to improve standards around firearm safety.

Celebratory Gunfire On New Year's Eve Could Hurt Someone

Dec 28, 2018
Fireworks explode over Boston Common during New Year's Eve celebrations in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

Some families like to ring in the New Year by shooting bullets in the air. But the Durham Police Department is asking people to hold their celebratory gunfire.

Wil Glenn, the department's Public Affairs Manager, says it is a dangerous tradition that could get someone hurt. 

"New Year's Eve is a great holiday and it's a festive time of year, but you don't want to put yourself in harm's way, or others in harm's way, by pointing guns into the sky and firing shots," Glenn said. 

gun with lock
Associated Press

The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force voted Wednesday to recommend that the General Assembly support a statewide firearm safety initiative. That effort would focus on spreading awareness of safe firearm storage and would distribute free gun locks. The recommendation will go into the task force’s action agenda for the legislature’s short session in the spring.