Once More, With Feeling, Dallas PD Warns You to Put Away Fireworks, Firearms This Weekend

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How Rick Perry spends every New Year's Eve. And Tuesdays.
Forthcoming: Anna's account of a morning presser with Dallas PD Chief David Brown about a crime-ring bust-up and Leslie's chitchats with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and a Tarrant County ADA about drunk-driving initiatives over the holiday weekend. Happy New Year! But first, the most ... ineffective, let's say, press release of each and every year: DPD's heads-up about shooting off firearms and fireworks this weekend. I say "ineffective" only because 'round my Northwest Dallas neighborhood, come the crack of midnight January 1 it always sounds a little like a war zone. Anyway. Here's the warning:
During this upcoming New Year's Holiday weekend, the Dallas Police Department will be patrolling neighborhoods looking for violators of illegal fireworks and random gunfire.

Fireworks that are in plain view will be confiscated and a citation will be issued to the person in possession of the fireworks. The fine for using and or possessing illegal fireworks can go as high as $2,000. DPD officers are urging citizens to help reduce the number of fires and injuries caused by fireworks.

The police department is also reminding citizens that our officers will be looking out for any citizens discharging firearms in the city limits of Dallas. It is not only dangerous but also illegal. It is a violation of the Texas Penal Code, 42.12, Discharge of firearm within the city limits. Punishment can range from fines up to $4,000 and/or jail time up to one year.
So now what do I do with this big box o' fireworks purchased over the weekend at a blow-em-up stand on Highway 380 up in Collin County?
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Wheat
Wheat

How many people were arrested last year for discharging there firearms? 

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

Midnight? They wait that long? Down here in the OC, the fun starts at 11!

guest
guest

Was RP in violation of the Texas Penal Code, 42.12 when he discharged his weapon in this photo?

Jessica
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Lorlee
Lorlee

heck, I'm still waiting for the police to show up for the call I placed last year.  And this past year I had to have a hole in my roof repaired where one of those bullets that go up -- came down.  The police are useless in dealing with this. 

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

When it all comes apart (I mean the BIG coming apart), East Dallasites will have an edge on all those who are ducking and covering.  For years, DPD does its requisite chest-thumping; for years the barrage gets worse.  This year:  Saturday New Year's Eve, mild weather, looming Mayan calendar-- all spell big trouble.  Don that helmet and keep telling yourself we're world class.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Any excuse to include that bad ass Rick Perry photo, I'm IN !

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

"So now what do I do with this big box o' fireworks purchased over the weekend at a blow-em-up stand on Highway 380 up in Collin County?"

You have a look out and shoot those bastards off.  It's New Year's for Pete's sake.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Dear Dallas Police

I understand that bridges provide excellent protection from falling ordinance..

See you There ! 

cp
cp

Blah, blah, blah. I've got a few addresses they could come stroll by. Well, at least until my neighbors see the big, bright police cruiser pull up. And how, exactly, are they "looking out" for people shooting off their guns? Is the DPD posting a uniform in every single backyard?

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