CCRKBA CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, ACCOUNTING ON NEW
ORLEANS GUN SEIZURES
Sep. 12, 2005
BELLEVUE, WA – Following low-key inquiries that were met with stony silence
and official indifference, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and
Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today is calling for a federal investigation into reports
of gun seizures from law-abiding New Orleans residents, and is demanding that
officials there immediately account for all confiscated firearms.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb is also demanding that New Orleans police
officials immediately stop the seizures, disclose where those firearms are
being kept, how they are secured, the type and number of firearms involved,
and how those guns will be promptly returned to their rightful owners, in the
condition in which they were originally taken.
"I also want to know under just what authority New Orleans officials are
confiscating lawfully-owned firearms from law-abiding citizens," Gottlieb
said. "Where does it say that the state and federal Constitution can be
nullified, even briefly, simply because of a hurricane? In every other natural
disaster this country has ever faced, people retain their civil rights,
including the right of self-defense, but New Orleans and Louisiana state
officials have added the sin of arrogance to incompetence and negligence for
which they must be held accountable when this is over."
Gun rights activists have been outraged by a film clip showing a police
officer tackling an elderly woman who was armed, in her own home, and later
removing her from the premises.
"We know this is only one incident that is being replayed incessantly, and
that not all the circumstances are known," said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe
Waldron, "but this incident, combined with statements by local officials,
particularly Police Superintendent P. Edwin Compass III, that nobody but
police will be allowed to have guns, demands a full and complete explanation
to the American public. Visiting police and National Guardsmen are in New
Orleans to help hurricane victims, and the nation is grateful beyond words.
You don't help people by violating their civil rights or the public trust."
"There are reports that residents who refuse to leave are being disarmed,
anyway," Gottlieb added, "leaving them to the mercy of any lingering looters
and thugs. If true, it is unconscionable. In the anarchy that reigned in the
city for days, these armed citizens provided the only protection for their
families, businesses and neighborhoods when many police walked off their jobs,
and a few even participated in the looting, and the world knows it. The people
responsible for making that decision should be immediately disciplined and
relieved of command. Visiting officers from other jurisdictions involved in
these confiscations should be immediately sent home.
"New Orleans is still part of the United States, not a police state," Gottlieb
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