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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.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Bill Needs Your Active Help Today

Your immediate help is needed to ensure that the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in recent state history ...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Florida Report on Legislative Committee Action Mon. 3/3/14 -- Thurs. 3/6/14

Thank you for your help this week.  Not only was it the first week of the Legislative Session, ...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Florida Alert! TWO (2) Pro-Gun Bills Up in Committee on Monday 3/3/14

THE FIRST BILL: Senate Bill 296 by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) is scheduled for its 1st hearing ...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Florida Report on Committee Action Held on Tuesday 2/11 and Wednesday 2/12

Thank you for your help this week.  Senate Bill 448  by Senator Greg Evers was heard by the ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Nebraska: Critical Emergency Powers Legislation Prioritized for 2014 Session

An amended version of Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), has advanced from committee ...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Legislation Passes in House Committee Yesterday, Pro-Hunting Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee Next Week

Yesterday, House Bill 875 passed in the state House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee by a voice ...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Colorado: Second Amendment Legislation to be Heard in Senate and House Committees

Despite the efforts of our members who called committee members and showed up in Denver to speak, Senate ...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Introduced in state House

Yesterday, state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11) introduced House Bill 875, the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent ...


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nebraska: 2014 Legislative Session Convened This Week

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Legislature convened its 2014 legislative session.  Your NRA-ILA will be monitoring and reporting on ...

Friday, March 29, 2013

North Dakota: State of Emergency Protection Bill Advances to Senate Floor, Pro-Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

Today, House Bill 1467, important “Emergency Powers” protection legislation was unanimously approved by the state Senate Government and Veteran Affairs ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.