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Gun rights activists were up in arms Friday after New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley said he would confiscate weapons should disaster strike.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Frederick Thomas, from New Orleans, leaves New Orleans Police with his semi-automatic pistol that was confiscated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans on Monday April 17, 2006.

The chief’s comments came after a federal lawsuit forced the city to return hundreds of firearms that were seized in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In an interview with WWL Radio, Riley said his officers would seize guns from people on the streets if another storm was to hit New Orleans.

“During a circumstance like that, we cannot allow people to walk the street carrying guns…as law enforcement officers we will confiscate the weapon if a person is walking down the street and they may be arrested,” Riley said.

The National Rifle Association sued the city and forced it to return hundreds of guns, after officers seized them during Katrina. Gun rights activists were once again outraged by Riley's comments.

”It’s shocking, there's nothing about a police chief's opinion that gives them a super sized authority to throw the constitution out the window,” said NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne Lapierre.

“God spared a lot of people in this storm, he also spared a lot of violent people who were committing violent crimes with firearms,” one ATF agent said regarding the confiscation of weapons during Katrina.

But gun activists said the move robbed people of their right to protect themselves when chaos ruled the city.

“Your firearm in your home, was the only protection from the criminal element,” said State Representative Steve Scalise.

Chief Riley said Friday that officers would not again enter people’s homes to seize weapons.

During Katrina, state law gave the chief the authority to take guns during an emergency. Since then lawmakers have re-written the law, making it a crime, one they said the chief was threatening to commit.

“He does not have the right to confiscate their firearms, nobody in this country does, that's why we have a 2nd amendment to our constitution,” said Scalise.

source: http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/wwl060206jbguns.4aac3cf1.html

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Well this guy had better think real hard as to how would implement this sort of ruling - because folks are not likely to be too compliant.

In the chaos of a post-storm situation - when bad guys will usually quickly sieze any advantage going - is of course the very time folks need their protection.

Looks like that protection in a worst case scenario could even be used against Riley and his men. People will not go with this conficscation crap again.
 

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Chief Riley did it during Katrina....and he's STILL the police chief right ??? End of story IMO. The people deserve what they get. Sorry, but can just barely wish them good luck. -----
 

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RSZZ I think in the case of NO we have to recognize the farce that the last election was , I mean how many " absentee" ballots were cast by scum who will never move back but will continue to be a burden to the community's they were relocated to , and yet they helped vote back in the same gravy train that kept them afloat ( I know bad pun ) in NO
 

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A "chief" that says he will violate a persons rights? And specifically at a time when they really need that right? The man needs to be removed from office.
 

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How about having him arrested for intending to commit a crime and violating civil rights? Heck...what if he decided that since all the jails would be flooded and the Public Defender and DA were no where to be found, and he decided to hold "court" and start hanging people for committing "crimes".

I agree with the previous poster--NO gets what they deserve (they can have their cesspool). After it's all said and done (again), this police chief needs to be (forcibly?) removed from office in handcuffs.

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Let's see He violated the law once, he has anounced he will do it again, a judge decided he was wrong so you have legal precident. This may be over simplistic but press charges and put him in jail.
 

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Folks down there need to stand up and fight for their rights, they need to send a CLEAR message to this yahoo police chief and let him know that what happened last year will not happen again.

Before the Hurricanes start this year, we need to also help them people down there, I say send as many emails as you can to the senators and congressmen, and the Chief of that yahoo police department.....
 

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Chief Riley did it during Katrina....and he's STILL the police chief right ??? End of story IMO. The people deserve what they get. Sorry, but can just barely wish them good luck. -----
Eddie Compass was Chief during Katrina. Riely took the job after Compass quit. Compass was the jerk who took the weapons in violation of the Lousisiana Constitution and Riley is planning to do it again.
The jerks at the NRA were sueing the city for violating the rights of the citizens but, as the NRA often does, they made a deal to drop the suit when NOPD agreed to return the seized weapons. Of course, the city is requireing gun owners to show proof of ownership by presenting a bill of sale for their personal property. How many people here have the original bill of sale for every gun in their home right now? Raise your hands? Not many huh?
As usual, nothing has changed. The NRA compromised (big suprise, huh?) and the NOPD keeps most of the weapons it seized illegally.
 

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I agree with Red Stick. BIG MISTAKE to drop the suit.

And even if the folks had receipts, after the flood and devastation, the likelihood that the receipts survived is about nil!
 

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Eddie Compass was Chief during Katrina. Riely took the job after Compass quit. Compass was the jerk who took the weapons in violation of the Lousisiana Constitution and Riley is planning to do it again.
The jerks at the NRA were sueing the city for violating the rights of the citizens but, as the NRA often does, they made a deal to drop the suit when NOPD agreed to return the seized weapons. Of course, the city is requireing gun owners to show proof of ownership by presenting a bill of sale for their personal property. How many people here have the original bill of sale for every gun in their home right now? Raise your hands? Not many huh?
As usual, nothing has changed. The NRA compromised (big suprise, huh?) and the NOPD keeps most of the weapons it seized illegally.
I do.
 

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But would you still have it if you were forced to evacuate in a hurry, and returned to find your home destroyed? I still have my paperwork to, but it's not something I'd be grabbing.

I'm also still amazed the number of people in power who admit that they are going to ignore the laws! :mad:
 

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Of course, the city is requiring gun owners to show proof of ownership by presenting a bill of sale for their personal property. How many people here have the original bill of sale for every gun in their home right now? Raise your hands? Not many huh?
A bill of sale, or receipt is not required to recover a confiscated weapon in New Orleans.
If the member does not have a receipt, a signed affidavid (sp?) is all that is required.
Good luck. :smile:
 

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NOPD wasn't the only agency seizing weapons after Katrina. Neighboring Jefferson Parish disarmed citizens to. Sheriff Harry Lee took weapons from the vehicles of people who showed up to pick up ice, food and other aid at distribution points. This was reported in the Times Picayune newspaper out of New Orleans.
 

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N.O. was a big experiment in the confinscation of weapons that succeeded beyond anyones wildest dreams. No one got killed for doing what was illegal. The sheeple just gave them up.

Yeah...they said it was illegal.

Sure...they said you can get your guns back with a receipt, knowing that no one had any.

Yeah...we are gonna do it again, and you wont do anything about it.

Except like it.



Perhaps when the right people start getting held to task for their participation in illegal matters that clearly go against the U.S. Constitution, then, and only then, will these things cease.

Until then, dont count on it...
 

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I'm confused when your in a public position and decide to go against a judges ruling isn't that contempt of Court?
 

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Red Stick said:
NOPD wasn't the only agency seizing weapons after Katrina. Neighboring Jefferson Parish disarmed citizens to. Sheriff Harry Lee took weapons from the vehicles of people who showed up to pick up ice, food and other aid at distribution points. This was reported in the Times Picayune newspaper out of New Orleans.
Saint Tammany's Parish, too! I have a freakin' FAMILY MEMBER (well, a cousin) who is a reserve sheriff there and he's a proud NRA member...who grabbed guns right and left and tried to justify it to me! I asked him what he'd do if they came for HIS guns...and he quickly replied there'd be a gunfight over THAT!

This guy also recounted something else of interest. Remember when N.O. was the wild west and REALLY bad (worse than normal)? Well, this sheriff deputy recalls seeing Navy SEALs go puttering into the area all camo'd up at dusk in muffled rubber boats (motorized) all loaded fer BEAR and they'd come out of the zone at dawn the same route looking like they'd had a successful "hunt." I wonder how many BG's got capped in the dark? I wonder if they felt like the VC must have felt to be hunted by the "men in green faces."
 

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N.O. was a big experiment in the confinscation of weapons that succeeded beyond anyones wildest dreams. No one got killed for doing what was illegal. The sheeple just gave them up.

Yeah...they said it was illegal.

Sure...they said you can get your guns back with a receipt, knowing that no one had any.

Yeah...we are gonna do it again, and you wont do anything about it.

Except like it.



Perhaps when the right people start getting held to task for their participation in illegal matters that clearly go against the U.S. Constitution, then, and only then, will these things cease.

Until then, dont count on it...
The whole the whole area in and AROUND NEW ORLEANS is nothing more than one big chunk of the WELFARE STATE MENTALITY and what the government GIVETH the government can TAKETH AWAY. But I wonder if it would have been as bloodless if they'd gone deep into the Bayous and tried to grab the guns of some CAJUN? It really shows the victory of the public schools "surrender" curriculum.

I ask myself what I would have done. My best buddy probably has the correct plan, have some junk guns lying around for a show grab and cache the good stuff offsite but available. I'd have to realize that this wasn't an Armmageddon situation and that order would eventually be restored and there's be lawsuits and NRA involvement. If they suspect and come back for a middle of the night "no knock home invasion" I'd make like the Alamo then....at some point the intrusions must be stopped.
 

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Riley is very short sighted (as are all gun grabbers). He'll never be able to 'confiscate' weapons from bad guys, so just the law abiding folks will be unarmed. Another victory for criminals thanks to Riley.
 
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