The South Bend Police Department reminds residents there are steep fines in effect for illegally firing a gun within city limits. The Common Council amended an ordinance in December of 2015, setting the fine for shooting a gun irresponsibly at $2,500. Police have issued 34 citations so far in 2017.
The fine is intended to prevent reckless and/or celebratory gunfire. Residents are encouraged to consider how their celebration can turn into significant property damage or another family’s tragedy.