NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 13, No. 15 04/14/06
States with updates this issue: Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.
ONCE AGAIN, MAYOR NAGIN SHAMLESSLY
DISREGARDS GUN OWNERS' RIGHTS
Law-abiding citizens of New Orleans who were forced to relinquish their
legally owned firearms to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) will
have to wait, indefinitely, to regain their property. New Orleans
officials revealed they have not returned any firearms, as Mayor Ray
Nagin and the city have yet to set up a return process.
"Mayor Ray Nagin continues to deny freedom by denying lawful citizens
their Second Amendment rights," stated NRA Executive Vice President
Wayne LaPierre. "First, he confiscates law-abiding citizens' firearms
and lies about it. Then, he fails to comply with court orders. Now he
refuses to return the legally owned firearms to their rightful owners by
dragging his feet. It's a disgrace."
After denying the illegal confiscation for months, on March 15, 2006,
Mayor Nagin and the NOPD conceded in federal court that they do have
seized guns stored in locked steel containers. The city then agreed in
court to a process by which law-abiding citizens may file a claim to
receive their confiscated firearms.
However, a New Orleans official handling the gun confiscations stated
that no guns have been returned because the NOPD requires background
checks, and the city has not set up a process. The official
acknowledged, "We've been told it was going to happen weeks ago.and
still hasn't been done."
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox stated, "During a time of chaos
and lawlessness, Ray Nagin took away the only means of protection
law-abiding citizens had, and by delaying necessary and appropriate
action to right this wrong, he blatantly continues to disrespect New
Orleans citizens. The Mayor's contempt of court, his contempt of the
Second Amendment, and his disrespect of the law-abiding gun owners of
New Orleans is shameful."
NRA ANNOUNCES NEW ORLEANS TOWN HALL MEETING!
NRA will be holding a special Town Hall Meeting in New Orleans next week
to spotlight and document the plight of the city's law abiding
residents, who were forced to surrender their legally owned firearms in
the chaotic aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
Residents who were victims of this injustice are encouraged to attend
the meeting and share their stories. This is an opportunity to tell NRA
what the City of New Orleans did to trample your Second Amendment rights
when you needed them most.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, and NRA-ILA Executive
Director Chris W. Cox will host the Town Hall Meeting. Be sure to come
out and tell them your story.
The Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., at the
New Orleans Marriott Hotel, Salons D & E, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans.
For more information please call (877) 292-3637. Parking and
admission are free. We hope to see you there!