The Santa Monica Police Department is urging the community for its continued support in ensuring another safe New Year’s Eve celebration.

Police are reminding residents that it is illegal to negligently fire a gun within the city limits of Santa Monica. The negligent discharge of a firearm is a felony and punishable by imprisonment in state prison. Bail will be $25,000 for anyone arrested on this crime, police note.

As part of the New Year’s Eve celebration each year throughout the country, many individuals discharge their firearms into the air, not realizing the potential consequences of their actions, police explain.

Residents who witness someone firing a gun are encouraged to call 9-1-1 and report it. Callers are asked to give the 9-1-1 dispatcher as much information as possible about the shooting, or call Santa Monica police dispatch at (310) 458-8491 when hearing only gunfire.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call We-Tip at (800) 78-CRIME (800-782-7463), or submit the tip online at