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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.

Issue Articles

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Two Pro-Gun Bills Introduced in the Colorado Legislature

The 2012 legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly got off to a good start for gun owners. ...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Virginia: 2012 General Assembly Session Officially Convened Today!

Today, the Virginia General Assembly convened its 2012 legislative session and NRA members can expect an active session ...

Monday, January 9, 2012

The NRA Pursuing Continued Success During Iowa’s 2012 Legislative Session!

Today, Iowa’s 84th General Assembly will convene and the NRA, with support from Iowa Firearms Coalition, the Iowa Rifle ...


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 ...


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Governor Jim Gibbons Signs NRA-Backed Emergency Powers Protection Act

Fairfax, VA – Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons today signed into law the National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed “Emergency Powers ...


Friday, April 13, 2007

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt Signs Emergency Powers Protection into Law at National Rifle Association Annual Meeting

Today, Governor Matt Blunt signed into law a fundamental protection against gun confiscation during declared states of emergencies. ...

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