1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

FEMA Reconsiders Gun Ban at Trailer Park

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Desertdog, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. Desertdog

    Desertdog Well-Known Member

    FEMA Reconsiders Gun Ban at Trailer Park

    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.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2005
  2. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    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:
  3. Sindawe

    Sindawe Well-Known Member

    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.
    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.
  4. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Where is the GOA on all of this? Cant they afford lawyers with all the money we send them?
  5. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    maybe not lol
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    George III is laughing himself silly in his grave.
  7. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    HUUMMMMMMM has been the policy for several years. Wonder how we can find out what year this policy started? Inquiring minds want to know.
  8. Desertdog

    Desertdog Well-Known Member

    Lobbyist seems to have some effect, but threats of lawsuits and lawsuits seem to be more effective and quicker.
  9. Headless Thompson Gunner

    Headless Thompson Gunner Well-Known Member

    Any of you anti-NRA types wanna eat crow and admit that maybe they did some good here?
  10. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    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.
  11. Kurush

    Kurush Well-Known Member

    For once I hope that's just spin. I mean, they think people who own guns shoot the TV when the remote goes missing?
  12. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    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
  15. c_yeager

    c_yeager Well-Known Member

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

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    Stamps do, they jsut require processing
  17. spartacus2002

    spartacus2002 Well-Known Member

    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:
  18. Waitone

    Waitone Well-Known Member

    Something the ACLU and environmental nazis have developed into high art. It is about time the other side figure it out.
  19. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    It's about time someone called FEMA on this.
  20. rick_reno

    rick_reno member

    Aren't there still FEMA trailer parks in Florida? Do they allow guns there?

Share This Page