No More Confiscations in Louisiana
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, said he was appalled that police took guns from people during the lawless days following Hurricane Katrina. Such confiscations violated the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, Scalise stated.
Rep. Scalise said police officers from New Orleans used Gov. Kathleen Blanco's emergency declaration as a legal basis to seize firearms. "It happened hundreds and hundreds of times," Scalise said. The 911 emergency calling system was overloaded or nonexistent, leaving everyday people exposed and vulnerable, he said. "Their only protection from the criminal element was their handgun."
"Everyday I kept my sidearm when I went back into my district," said Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, whose district includes affluent Old Metairie.
Even St. Tammany Parish wasn't safe, said Rep. Pete Schneider, R-Slidell. "I was keeping my gun on my hip while I was cleaning up my yard. Why? Because there was no police protection," Schneider said.
Thank God common sense prevailed in Louisiana's House of Representatives. No longer can the second amendment be crapped on in Louisiana after a hurricane. Never again. Thank you Gentlemen. Imagine, a state where gun toting legislators insure their consituents can keep and bear arms. It's almost enough to make a Louisiana citizen proud!
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