- (FAIRFAX, VA) -- The United States District Court for
the Eastern District in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association
(NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from
peaceable and law-abiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
- "This is a significant victory for freedom and for
the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The court's ruling is instant relief
for the victims who now have an effective means of defending themselves
from the robbers and rapists that seek to further exploit the remnants
of their shattered lives," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne
- Joining LaPierre in hailing the U.S. District Court decision
was NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. "This is an important victory.
But the battle is not over. The NRA will remedy state emergency statutes
in all 50 states, if needed, to ensure that this injustice does not happen
- The controversy erupted when The New York Times reported,
the New Orleans superintendent of police directed that no civilians in
New Orleans will be allowed to have guns and that "only law enforcement
are allowed to have weapons." ABC News quoted New Orleans' deputy
police chief, saying, "No one will be able to be armed. We are going
to take all the weapons."
- The NRA also pledged that it will continue its work to
ensure that every single firearm arbitrarily and unlawfully seized under
this directive is returned to the rightful law-abiding owner.
- -- NRA
- Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association
is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members
strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and
to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce
crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education
and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed