A look back – Gun confiscation after Hurricane Katrina

Posted: 14th December 2009 by Scott @ The Right of a Nation in 2nd Amendment

also check here for another update to this story

Let’s take a look back at some events that occurred after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana back in August of 2005.

Everyone remembers the total devastation that the hurricane caused in New Orleans, as well as the total lawlessness that occurred afterward.  In response to that, the New Orleans police superintendent, Eddie Compass, sent out an order to his local police and the National Guard to confiscate every civilian firearm.  This was supposed to somehow lessen the violence and lawlessness that was occurring, and obviously ignored the fact that the innocent would-be or soon-to-be victims of this lawlessness would now have no means of self-defense.

The most reported instance of this was of a 58 year-old woman named Patricia Konie who had made it through the hurricane and owned a revolver for protection.  Her house was targeted while law enforcement officials were conducting searches and seizures without warrants, and she was tackled, injured, and taken to jail when she refused to turn over her only means of protection.

The NRA took a stand to attempt to put an end to this outright attack of citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights (which did not get much national media attention), filing lawsuits and eventually getting the process stopped.  The city denied that it had confiscated any firearms, but months later admitted it had over 1000 firearms in its possession.

After this, many states passed laws prohibiting the seizure of lawfully owned firearms in these “emergency” situations, and the US House and Senate passed a federal law (“The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006″) as well.

Gun owners who are active in politics are well aware that there are many anti-gun politicians that are constantly trying to pass various gun control laws to remove our gun rights on a step-by-step basis.  However, it came to the surprise of many when these anti-gun politicians in positions of power decided to use an emergency situation to scratch out the 2nd Amendment in one fell swoop.  Luckily, and without the help of the national media, various gun organizations and their members took a stand and helped cause enough uproar to get laws passed preventing this in the future.

  1. [...] I mentioned the gun confiscation after Hurricane Katrina a while back; you can read that here. [...]

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  3. Scott says:

    Nice site, thanks for stopping by. I’ve found that a good number of people have been showing up here after searching for info on the gun situation after Katrina.

  4. Carl says:

    Unfortunately, what happens when Martial Law is declared and once again these GOVERNMENT Thugs are standing there and you’re looking down the barrel at them? What do you do – say, “Sorry, that’s against the law, I want to see your ID?” If they would not show them their ID in the first place there’s no way they’d show it now.

    What we need is neighborhood groups that will help protect EACH OTHER. I’m sure these thugs would think twice if, after someone hit a panic button, twelves gun toting neighbors came out all pointing their guns at THEM!

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