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Emergency Powers Law

During the emergency conditions following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans’ police superintendent ordered the confiscation of privately owned firearms, saying “Only law enforcement will be able to have guns.”

While any individual may need firearms for protection at any time, it is during general emergencies that large numbers of people may face an acute need for firearms for that purpose. Today, most states, including Louisiana, have laws prohibiting the seizure or confiscation of lawfully-owned firearms and ammunition during a declared state of emergency.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Oklahoma Firearms Reform Bills Continue to Advance

After passing their chamber of origin, three NRA-backed bills continue to garner support in the Oklahoma Legislature. Today, ...


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

North Carolina: Court rejects curb on gun use

When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency.The city ...


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Colorado: House approves bill forbidding seizure of guns during state of emergency

House lawmakers approved a bill to forbid the state from seizing Colorado residents' firearms during a declared state ...


Friday, February 17, 2012

Georgia: Bill would expand gun friendly spaces

In addition to banishing many current restrictions, House Bill 981 would prevent police or the National Guard from ...


Friday, February 10, 2012

Colorado Republicans in the House look to beef up protection of gun rights

House Majority Amy Stephens doesn't know if the Rapture of 2012 is coming but she does know if ...


Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011 Colorado Legislative Session Comes to a Close

The 2011 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 11. During this session, ...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Massachusetts Committee to Hear Second Amendment Bills

Tomorrow, May 12, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hear eighteen firearm-related bills in ...


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Never Forget-Never Again

I remember chaotic scenes of homeowners handcuffed, forced to watch police search for and seize their guns at ...


Thursday, October 18, 2007

California Emergency Powers Bill Signed Into Law

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Monday, October 15, 2007

State "Emergency Powers" vs. The Right to Arms

After Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents legally armed themselves to protect their lives and property from civil ...

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