Jordan Launched An Awareness Campaign Against Festive Firing


The Public Security Directorate (PSD) of Jordan has initiated an awareness campaign to curb the dangerous practice of ‘festive firing’ – the celebratory use of firearms during events and celebrations. This tradition, deeply rooted in the cultures, poses significant risks to public safety, leading to serious injuries and even fatalities.

The Dangers of Festive Firing

Jordanian Information Minister Taher al-Adwan shares information of the dangers of festive firing, stating, “These bullets go a long way up when they’re fired. But you don’t know where they’re going to land – there’s always a chance of them causing serious harm or death.” The statement underline the unpredictable nature of stray bullets and the potential for devastating consequences.

Festive Firing Incidents is a Global Problem

The hazardous consequences of celebratory gunfire are evident worldwide. For instance, during New Year’s celebrations in 2011, three people in the Philippines lost their lives due to stray bullets. Similarly, in 2010, a Turkish bridegroom tragically killed three relatives by firing an AK-47 at his wedding. That same year, Jordan’s King Abdullah II ordered a crackdown on the practice following an incident that left two people dead and 13 injured.

In 2007, celebrations turned fatal in Baghdad when three people died due to gunfire following the Iraqi football team’s victory over Vietnam in the Asia Cup. The end of the Gulf War in 1991 saw celebratory gunfire in Kuwait resulting in 20 deaths. These incidents highlight the universal nature of the problem.

Jordan’s Commitment to Public Safety

In response to these dangers, Jordan’s PSD has vowed to follow up on all complaints regarding festive firing, classifying such incidents as disturbing the peace. The PSD has also emphasized that the penalty for causing death due to festive firing can be as severe as a 12-year prison term.

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