Louisiana state House of Representatives votes unanimously to ban confiscation
House Bill 760 would forbid law enforcement from confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens during times of civil disorder.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, said he was appalled that police took guns from people during the riotous days following Hurricane Katrina.
Such confiscations violated the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms, he said.
He said police officers from New Orleans used Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s emergency declaration as its legal basis to seize firearms.
“It happened hundreds and hundreds of times,” Scalise said. The 911 emergency calling system was overloaded, leaving everyday people exposed, he said.
“Their only protection from the criminal element was their handgun,” Scalise said.