Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Second Amendment Groups Move to Stop Gun Seizures

By Susan Jones
September 22, 2005

( - The Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association are seeking a temporary restraining order to stop authorities in and around New Orleans from seizing firearms from private citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The motion was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The Second Amendment Foundation said arbitrary gun seizures, without warrants or probable cause, have been reported over the past three weeks, including some cases where police refused to give citizens receipts for their seized firearms.

SAF said it has received no response to its inquiries about how or if the guns will be returned to their rightful owners.

"We are delighted to work jointly with the NRA in an effort to bring these outrageous gun seizures to a halt," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb in a press release.

"Our inquiries about these confiscations were cavalierly ignored, as were our demands for a public explanation from the police and city officials about why citizens were being unlawfully disarmed, leaving them defenseless against lingering bands of looters and thugs.

SAF points to a recent New York Times report in which New Orleans Police Superintendent P. Edwin Compass III was quoted as saying, "Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons." And ABC News quoted Deputy New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley as saying, "No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons."

Indeed, said SAF, various TV reports showed police taking guns from citizens in the aftermath of Katrina.

"New Orleans officials left us with no recourse," Gottlieb said. "It was bad enough that Big Easy residents were victims of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. That they would be subsequently victimized by their own local government, taking their personal property without warrant, is unconscionable.

"These illegal gun seizures must be stopped, now," he said.

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Judge Issues Restraining Order Against New Orleans Gun Seizures

September 23, 2005

A federal judge Friday issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of two Second Amendment rights groups ending the seizure of firearms from citizens in and around New Orleans.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zaney issued the restraining order against those named in a lawsuit brought by the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association, which include New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Chief Edwin Compass III.

"This is a great victory, not just for the NRA and SAF, but primarily for law-abiding gun owners everywhere," said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. "We are proud to have joined forces with the NRA to put an end to what has amounted to a warrantless gun grab by authorities in New Orleans and surrounding jurisdictions."

Gottlieb said not only did residents of New Orleans lose "virtually everything" in Hurricane Katrina, they were also essentially "stripped" of their right to self-defense.

"SAF and NRA had no alternative but to take action," said Gottlieb. Otherwise, the gun seizures "would have set a dangerous precedent that would have encouraged authorities in other jurisdictions to believe they also could suspend the civil rights of citizens in the event of some other emergency."

Gottlieb challenged New Orleans authorities to explain how they will promptly "return all of those firearms to their rightful owners." He said the ruling "affirms is that even in the face of great natural disasters, governments cannot arbitrarily deprive citizens of their rights."