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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


Monday, April 9, 2012

Oklahoma: Bill protects rights during emergencies

Members of the House Public Safety Committee have passed a Senate bill that they say would increase legal ...


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Oklahoma Firearms Reform Bills Continue to Advance

After passing their chamber of origin, three NRA-backed bills continue to garner support in the Oklahoma Legislature. Today, ...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Maine: Emergency Powers Legislation Sent to the Governor

The Maine Legislature has sent another pro-gun bill to Governor Paul LePage for his approval.  Legislative Document 1859, ...


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

North Carolina: Court rejects curb on gun use

When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency.The city ...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Minnesota: State House Concurs with Senate Version of the Self-Defense Reform Bill

Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives concurred with the Senate version of House File 1467 by an 85 ...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oklahoma: Complete Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

Several years ago, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a good-faith attempt at “Emergency Powers” protection for gun owners during ...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Minnesota: House Concurrence Vote on Self-Defense Reform Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Minnesota House of Representatives is expected to concur with the Senate version of House File 1467. ...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Minnesota: NRA-Backed Self-Defense Reform Bill Passes in the State Senate

Today, the Minnesota Senate passed House Bill 1467 by a 40 to 23 vote. This important reform legislation, ...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Minnesota Senate to Vote on Gun Rights Bill this Thursday!

The Minnesota Senate is scheduled to vote on House File 1467 this Thursday, February 23. HF 1467 has ...


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Colorado: House approves bill forbidding seizure of guns during state of emergency

House lawmakers approved a bill to forbid the state from seizing Colorado residents' firearms during a declared state ...

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