Sheriff's office: Don't celebrate New Year's with gunfire

SEATTLE -- It probably seems like a no-brainer to most residents, but the King County Sheriff's Office is asking everyone to refrain from celebrating New Year's Eve with their firearms.

In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the department spelled out the consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire.

"Any bullet fired from a gun must land somewhere and the risks of causing an injury or death is significant," said King County Sheriff John Urquhart.

Anyone caught illegally shooting their gun will be charged with reckless endangerment and face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, according to the sheriff's office.

"Don't spend your last day of the year in jail. Have fun but don't risk lives," Urquhart said.