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Clayton County resident fighting to end celebratory gunfire

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A Clayton County resident is heading a campaign to rid residents of New Year's Eve celebratory gunfire.

Arthur Hughes believes too many people have lost their lives to celebratory gunfire across the country.

He kicked off the campaign in 2008 after he had a close call with a stray bullet.

In 2010, Hughes told CBS Atlanta that he and his son have been so afraid of the gunfire during New Year's celebrations, that they have actually hidden in their home to keep from being injured.

Luckily, Hughes was never injured by the stray bullet, but in 2009 the issue of celebratory gunfire hit close to home for a mother from Decatur.

Natalie Peters was at Church of God of Prophecy in Decatur, sitting next to her son when a stray bullet struck him during the service.

Hughes is now urging people around the state and throughout the country to refrain from shooting at midnight to mark the coming of the New Year.

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