A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, March 16, 2006

New Orleans Admits to Gun Confiscation

In a stunning reversal, the City of New Orleans revealed yesterday to attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association that they do have a stockpile of firearms seized from private citizens in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The disclosure came as attorneys for both sides were preparing for a hearing in federal court on a motion filed earlier by SAF and NRA to hold the city in contempt. Plaintiffs’ attorneys traveled to a location within the New Orleans city limits where they viewed more than 1,000 firearms that were being stored.

“This is a very significant event,” said attorney Dan Holliday, who represents NRA and SAF in an on going lawsuit seeking to enjoin the city from seizing privately owned firearms.

“We’re almost in disbelief,” admitted SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb. “For months, the city has maintained it did not have any guns in its possession that had been taken from people following the hurricane. Now our attorneys have seen the proof that New Orleans was less than honest with the court.”

Under an agreement with the court, the hearing on the contempt motion has been continued for two weeks, the attorneys said. During that time, according to Holliday and fellow attorney Stephen Halbrook, the city will establish a process by which the lawful owners of those firearms can recover their guns.

“While we are stunned at this complete reversal on the city’s part,” Gottlieb said, “the important immediate issue is making sure gun owners get their property back. We’re glad that the city is going to move swiftly to make that possible, and naturally we will do whatever is necessary to make this happen.

“What happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was an outrage,” Gottlieb observed. “Equally disturbing is the fact that it apparently took a motion for contempt to force the city to admit what it had been denying for the past five months.

The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big whoop!

Until all the cops and politicians involved are doing hard time it won't change a thing.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

1000 guns? that's a lot of confiscating in under two days!

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Standard Mischief said...

Where the heck did you get two days from? It took longer than two days to get the injunction. And since they denied everything, what makes you believe that the police even obeyed the injunction?

If you go to the front page at SAF, you will see instructions on how to recover your stolen firearms.


If you can't bring proof of ownership, and because I heard reports that the thugs^H^H^H police were stealing the firearms without offering recipts, you will have to swear out an affidavit. let's hope you have your serial number memorised or at least the stolen guns were unique enough.

The best part of everything is that they lied under oath (PDF):


Start reading on the second page, the bastards deny everything. Can you say perjury?

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Chicago Police Officer, I must say that I find this VERY disturbing and embarrassing. Shame on ANY LEO that goes along with this. I sure hope our boys that went down there had no part in it.

9:07 AM  

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