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North Las Vegas plans crackdown on New Year's gunfire
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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Police in North Las Vegas are planning a crackdown on celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire.

But they're asking people to only call 911 if they actually see someone shooting into the air.

The department says clogging dispatch lines with reports of "possible gunfire" might slow responses to actual emergencies.

And officials say sometimes it's just fireworks that people hear.

Parts of North Las Vegas have in the past had a lot of celebratory gunfire during the holidays.

But police say bullets fired into the air eventually come down -- sometimes with dangerous or damaging results.

Municipal law bans firing a weapon in the city, and state law prohibits possessing a gun while intoxicated, aiming a firearm at another person or discharging a weapon where someone might be in danger.

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