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New Year festivity brings weapons charges for North Carolina men

A celebration often brings noisy revelry and unorthodox methods of expressing excitement. For some in North Carolina, cheering and shouting is enough, and others may blare their car horns or use special noisemakers for the occasion. However, some partiers, especially on New Year's Eve, bring out more dangerous noisemakers, and this may lead to charges for weapons offenses.

Local police responded to citizen complaints of shots fired just after midnight on the first day of the new year. The caller reported that a weapon had been discharged into a residence. When officers arrived at the neighborhood, they located two men who had been firing guns in celebration of the new year. Officers confiscated handguns and rifles and arrested the two men on numerous charges.

Firing weapons in a residential area places people at risk, and police do not take such charges lightly. Additionally, since both men apparently have felony convictions on their records, there is a strong possibility that they may face federal charges. Both men are charged with discharging a firearm within city limits and possessing a firearm as a felon, and one of the men faces charges of firing a weapon into an occupied building.

The serious nature of the crimes alleged carries the possibility of harsh sentences if the men are convicted. Those who have already spent time behind bars for felonies understand the impact it has on the rest of their lives. Seeking legal advice in such circumstances is a wise move. A North Carolina attorney with experience defending against weapons charges can be of assistance.

Source:, "Former felons charged in celebratory shooting incident on New Year's Eve", Jan. 3, 2018

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