FEMA Reconsiders Gun Ban at Trailer Park


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Desertdog
October 12, 2005, 10:44 PM
FEMA Reconsiders Gun Ban at Trailer Park
By KEVIN McGILL
ASSOCIATED PRESS
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2005/oct/12/101209676.html


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Amid complaints from gun-rights groups, FEMA said Wednesday it is reconsidering a ban on firearms at emergency housing parks built in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"We've got attorneys who are looking at that as we speak and they're trying to figure out who wrote the rules, what the intent was," FEMA spokesman Butch Kinerney said.

The dispute arose at a nearly 600-trailer encampment that opened last week near Baton Rouge. Katrina evacuees will be allowed to stay there rent-free while they try to find permanent housing. Similar encampments are scattered across the hurricane zone, but this was the first big one to open.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has been general policy at FEMA for several years to prohibit guns at such parks anywhere in the country.

But the National Rifle Association threatened to sue, and another gun rights group, the Second Amendment Foundation, said it, too, was looking at legal action.

"Whether it's a national disaster, whether it's by nature like Katrina, or a flu pandemic or an earthquake, the Constitution can't be thrown out the window," said NRA leader Wayne LaPierre.

He said the NRA was outraged, and he warned that the organization would take its case all the way to Congress and president.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had asked that guns be banned at the encampment because the trailers are close together and have thin walls, according to spokesman Deputy Fred Raiford.

"If a gun was discharged in any of those trailers, it probably would go through three or four other trailers before it stopped," Raiford said.

But FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said guns would have been prohibited even without the Sheriff's Office request.

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Dionysusigma
October 12, 2005, 10:46 PM
Seriously--if you were running a concentration camp, would you allow guns? :scrutiny:

Like anyone should be surprised at this. It's what happens when you give the government the ability to override their own constitution. :banghead:

Sindawe
October 12, 2005, 10:50 PM
He said the NRA was outraged, and he warned that the organization would take its case all the way to Congress and president. Hmmm...first the NOLA issue, now this. Maybe the NRA has woken up, smelled the coffee and grown a spine at last. Have to keep an eye on them, see if they continue in this vein. If they do, I'll have to rejoin 'em and tell 'em why."If a gun was discharged in any of those trailers, it probably would go through three or four other trailers before it stopped," Raiford said. As it would through most of the housing put up in the country in the past 30 years or so. Nobody is clamoring for gun bans in all the suburbs. Yet.

beerslurpy
October 12, 2005, 10:52 PM
Where is the GOA on all of this? Cant they afford lawyers with all the money we send them?

Lupinus
October 12, 2005, 10:59 PM
maybe not lol

Standing Wolf
October 12, 2005, 11:34 PM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has been general policy at FEMA for several years to prohibit guns at such parks anywhere in the country.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had asked that guns be banned at the encampment because the trailers are close together and have thin walls, according to spokesman Deputy Fred Raiford.

George III is laughing himself silly in his grave.

Kim
October 12, 2005, 11:36 PM
HUUMMMMMMM has been the policy for several years. Wonder how we can find out what year this policy started? Inquiring minds want to know.

Desertdog
October 12, 2005, 11:51 PM
Lobbyist seems to have some effect, but threats of lawsuits and lawsuits seem to be more effective and quicker.

Headless Thompson Gunner
October 13, 2005, 12:17 AM
Any of you anti-NRA types wanna eat crow and admit that maybe they did some good here?

beerslurpy
October 13, 2005, 12:35 AM
Dude I have never been anti-NRA. I only get annoyed at them (indeed at anyone) who passes up easy opportunities to do the right thing. I would rather our lobbyists got their feelings hurt than they think that we are pleased with them taking the easy way out of a situation that demands a confrontation.

In the past, the NRA has been pretty limp-wristed in terms of pursuing a pro-gun agenda. Lately they have been quite badassed. The GOA seems to be letting the side down, so I criticize them now.

Kurush
October 13, 2005, 12:40 AM
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had asked that guns be banned at the encampment because the trailers are close together and have thin walls,For once I hope that's just spin. I mean, they think people who own guns shoot the TV when the remote goes missing?

Lupinus
October 13, 2005, 01:06 AM
I've known some people who might shoot the TV when kerry or some goverment nutjob gets on the tv and preaches how evil guns are :D

As for loosing the remote. Rednecks just get a logn stick and poke the button's. If it is old fasioned with nob's we cut a grove into it.

MICHAEL T
October 13, 2005, 01:19 AM
Iam also glad the NRA is doing something.

My remote is voice type. Woman change the channel NOW! Of course I have found this model to wear out in about 2 years and then disappears. But seems to be plenty around and easy to pick up another.

Lupinus
October 13, 2005, 01:22 AM
Oddly enough if that form of remote and you formally join services before the remote is lost.

it is likly to take the tv and most of the rest of the stuff in the house with it

c_yeager
October 13, 2005, 01:32 AM
Where is the GOA on all of this? Cant they afford lawyers with all the money we send them?

Dude, fax machines and postage stamps dont grow on trees, ya know.

Lupinus
October 13, 2005, 01:34 AM
Stamps do, they jsut require processing

spartacus2002
October 13, 2005, 08:12 AM
GOA doesn't have the resources NRA does; GOA cannot be everywhere filing lawsuits. As a lawyer, I can assure you that lawyers don't come cheap! :uhoh:

Waitone
October 13, 2005, 08:54 AM
Lobbyist seems to have some effect, but threats of lawsuits and lawsuits seem to be more effective and quicker. Something the ACLU and environmental nazis have developed into high art. It is about time the other side figure it out.

geekWithA.45
October 13, 2005, 09:12 AM
It's about time someone called FEMA on this.

rick_reno
October 13, 2005, 10:09 AM
Aren't there still FEMA trailer parks in Florida? Do they allow guns there?

txgho1911
October 13, 2005, 03:02 PM
Are going to go in the Gun Rights favor. Our favor. These judjes live here where everyone who lives in the country has rifles and shotguns.
Every third or fourth person in town owns Longarms.

These elected or more likely re-elected judjes should be the base pool for SCotUS judjes.

Pilgrim
October 13, 2005, 03:07 PM
As a lawyer, I can assure you that lawyers don't come cheap.
You're dead meat if Wal-Mart finds a Chinese supplier of lawyers. :D

Pilgrim

50 Freak
October 13, 2005, 03:15 PM
Hmmm...first the NOLA issue, now this. Maybe the NRA has woken up, smelled the coffee and grown a spine at last. Have to keep an eye on them, see if they continue in this vein. If they do, I'll have to rejoin 'em and tell 'em why.

That's what I'm hoping. And why after many years, I finally joined the NRA.

Keep up the good work. :D

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