New Orleans Mayor Issues Coronavirus Order Allowing Ban on Guns

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According to a report from Breitbart, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) signed a coronavirus emergency order, which allows the state to ban the sale and transportation of firearms.

The Second Amendment Foundation responded to Cantrell’s claims of emergency powers over firearms.

The Second Amendment Foundation reportedly sued over Second Amendment infringement following Hurricane Katrina.

The Second Amendment Foundation claims they will also sue again, if necessary, during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cantrell is “empowered, if necessary, to suspend or limit the sale of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles,” according to the declaration.

On March 16, 2020, Cantrell signed a proclamation that extended her emergency powers to “suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation, of alcoholic beverages.”

Alan Gottlieb, the SAF executive vice president, responded to the news, stating:

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.”

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