The National Rifle Association slammed New Orleans authorities Monday for seizing firearms in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, saying that citizens must be able to "protect themselves" during a time where there is "breadown of law and order," RAW STORY has learned.
"What we've seen in Louisiana - the breakdown of law and order in the aftermath of disaster - is exactly the kind of situation where the second amendment was intended to allow citizens to protect themselves," NRA chief Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.
"When law enforcement isn't available, Americans turn to the one right that protects all the others - the right to keep and bear arms," LaPierre added. "This attempt to repeal the Second Amendment should be condemned."
A Louisiana state statute allows the chief law enforcement officer to "regulate possession" of firearms during declared emergencies, the NRA notes.
But, quipped the NRA's chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, "regulate doesn't mean confiscate."
"The NRA will not stand idly by while guns are confiscated from law-abiding people who’re trying to defend themselves," he said.
"Local authorities in New Orleans are turning nature's assault on human life into man’s assault on human rights," LaPierre added. "Four million NRA members intend to stop this unconstitutional power grab."
Originally published on Monday September 12, 2005.