Just rec'd an email:
During Senate consideration of the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441), Senator David Vitter will offer an amendment (# 4551) to prohibit the use of funds appropriated under this bill for the confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster.
After Hurricane Katrina, many residents legally armed themselves to protect their lives and property from widespread civil disorder. With no way to call for help, and police unable to respond, honest citizens were able to defend themselves and their neighbors. However, the then-New Orleans Police Superintendent issued orders for the confiscation of firearms, allegedly under a state emergency powers law. “No one will be able to be armed,” he said. “Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns.”
For more information on this issue, please call NRA Federal Affairs at (202) 651-2560.
If it only applies to the funding on that one bill, what good does it do, or does all emergency funding for supplemental law enforcement in a disaster flow through that bill?
Posted by: Doug In Colorado at July 12, 2006 02:59 PM