New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) signed an emergency order that allows her to ban the sale and transport of firearms. The emergency order is a response to coronavirus hysteria.
Cantrell’s order brings light, once again, how easy your local government can relinquish your constitutional rights when people are afraid. The declaration swiftly denies New Orleans citizens the right to seek to protect themselves from what could potentially amount to bedlam.
The order “suspends or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation, of alcoholic beverages,” as well.
The Second Amendment Foundation has been quick to issue a threat to sue over the matter, citing similar activity during Mayor Ray Nagan’s Hurrican Katrina reigns.
Following Hurricane Katrina, we sued the city when then-Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration began confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens for no good reason. The federal court order the city to cease confiscations.
We sued New Orleans then, and we’ll do it again. The presence of a nasty disease does not suspend any part of the Bill of Rights, no matter what some municipal, state or even federal politician may think. While we certainly recognize the seriousness of this virus and its ability to spread rapidly, treating Covid-19 and taking steps to prevent it from infecting more people has nothing at all to do with the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.
Gottlieb added, “People legally licensed to carry should not have their right to do so suddenly curtailed because some politician panicked. We didn’t allow it before, and we’re not going to allow it now.”
Cantrell’s order is strikingly similar to Champaign, Illinois, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen (D) order that accomplished a similar firearm/ammo ban. While hers also banned alcohol, it went further with its verbiage that allows local government to seize property.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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