- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Youth in Detroit and law enforcement officials are kicking off an effort to encourage people to safely ring in the New Year.

Leaders from the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiatives Project on Monday plan to gather to help start the 12th annual “Hugs, Not Bullets” campaign, which aims to reduce celebratory gunfire and year-round gun violence in the Detroit area.

In addition to students and police, government officials also will be on hand.

Some people fire guns into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, a tradition that police and others warn against.

Those involved in the safety campaign also hope to encourage gun owners to keep firearms locked up and unloaded to help prevent children from being injured or killed.

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