New Orleans Mayor Declares Emergency – Possible Suspension of Firearms, Alcohol Purchase
Deja Vu? New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell declared a state of emergency that somewhat mirrors the declaration of Champaign, Illinois. It allows her to “suspend or limit the sale of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.” She declared the state of emergency shortly after Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in Louisiana. The Mayor stated that the majority of the 13 cases of Coronavirus in Louisiana are in New Orleans, according to NOLA.
Declarations of emergency free up additional resources for communities. But it would be nice if everyone would pay attention to the paragraphs inside those declarations that are apt to create unnecessary anger. Do we actually know what’s in all of these “declarations?”
It appears that the municipal emergency declarations arise out of what is called “home rule,” but the problem is that copy/pasting the wording out of another law is creating havoc. Is that the intent of doing it in the first place? Trying to sneak through destruction of a guaranteed Constitutional right during an emergency situation?
“A municipality with home rule status can exercise any power and perform any function unless it is specifically prohibited from doing so by state law.”
The New Orleans Mayor did not mention actual seizure of property, as they did in Champaign, Illinois, although she did write that they could “commandeer” whatever resources were necessary. Most of her declaration is relevant to the COVID-19 virus. It’s the section about firearms and alcohol in her Executive Order that is riling up gun activists. Since New Orleans history in that vein is somewhat checkered.
“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…
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.” Alan Gottleib, Second Amendment Foundation via Breitbart
We learned from CU Underground that the Champaign City Council may be looking to amend their emergency declaration to be more relevant to the COVID-19 Virus. Maybe. It remains to be seen what they will actually do after getting hit with a lot of angry citizens.
The New Orleans Mayor might want to consider doing that herself.
Featured photo: screenshot of New Orleans Coronavirus emergency declaration briefing