Lawmakers Taking Aim at Celebratory Gunfire

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RICHMOND (WRIC) – A
proposed bill would increase the penalty for the dangerous practice of firing
guns in the air.

The bill is being called “Brendon's
Law,” named after the 7-year-old that was struck by a stray bullet on July 4 in
Chesterfield County
.

The bill's sponsor, Senator
Henry Marsh, is hoping it will pass and prevent future tragedies.

Currently, it is only a
misdemeanor in Virginia, but marsh's bill would make it a felony, punishable to
up to 40 years depending on whether the bullet caused a death like Brendon
Mackey's.

‘To see a life wasted
because somebody was shooting up in the air is a tragic situation and I found
that I would do anything possible to make sure it didn't happen again,” he
says.

Marsh says he was inspired
to write the bill after the tragedy when he attended Mackey's funeral last
year.

Marsh says celebratory
gunfire is a problem across the country and one that many states have already
addressed, hoping Virginia is added to that list.

“Hopefully we can get
enough support to get this bill passed so that the injuries and deaths will not
occur in the future.”

The bill is currently in
the courts and justice committee waiting for lawmakers to take a closer look at
it.

 

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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