WE WISH YOU AND YOURS A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

There are a few things that do not mix during New Year's Eve celebrating: drinking, driving, fireworks, and firearms.


CELEBRATING WITH FIREARMS

DO NOT DO THIS!!! This is very dangerous activity that can cause serious bodily injury or death and land you in jail. Virginia law criminalizes the reckless handling of a firearm, and many counties and cities have local laws that make it illegal to willfully discharge a firearm within their jurisdiction, subject to certain exceptions like self-defense.


CELEBRATING WITH FIREWORKS

Certain fireworks are legal in Virginia, according to state law, such as sparklers, fountains, pharos, serpents, pinwheels, and whirligigs. To the best of our knowledge, nothing that explodes in legal in Virginia. Also, remember that Virginia counties and cities have the authority to ban fireworks completely and many of them do.


ALCOHOL

Everyone knows that operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is a criminal offense, but so is carrying a concealed handgun - even with a concealed handgun permit.


HELPING OTHERS

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and in some instances there are injuries. Whether it is fireworks or some other accident, common questions are, "What happens if I see someone who needs medical assistance?" "Will I be civilly liable if I accidentally injure them while providing first aid?" While the csaual bystander is not legally required to perform first aid, Virginia law protects you when administering emergency or life-saving treatment. The statute is called the GOOD SAMARITAN LAW. The Good Samaritan Law states that you will not be held civilly liable if you administer emergency care in good faith, only up to the level of your training and without compensation of any type. If you can't or don't want to physically help, simply calling 9-1-1 and activating emergency medical services can also save a life!


HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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