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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Shootist1, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Shootist1

    Shootist1 New Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Greetings...I'm a brand new member, introduced to this site by Tom Gresham, an old friend.

    I'm a shooting sports writer with a gun column in four major southern outdoor magazines, and live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    I'm on here because Tom posted the website of my new book (written with co-author Todd Masson, Executive Editor of Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi Sportsman magazines) on one of the strings that was talking about New Orleans, and I thought I would offer some information on the book.

    The site is www.neworleansgungrab.com.

    The book details the true stories of Patty Konie, Ashton O'Dwyer, and a number of other folks who were brutalized, harassed, and had their guns stolen by the civil authorities in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    We conducted many dozens of interviews for over a year with survivors of that time to get the true story of what happened in New Orleans, and why.

    We were driven to do this because it was a story that cried out to be told, and it was ignored by the major media.

    Not only will you find what happened to Ms. Konie, and O'Dwyer, you will learn of people who fought gun battles with looters, and one group that shot and killed one.

    In addition, the book looks at what happened in New Orleans, and explains what brought on the Gestapo and thug-like tactics of the city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies down there during that time.

    We also describe in the final chapter the court battle to get into the storage facility where NOPD had 1,000 guns stored that had been confiscated in the aftermath of Katrina. It took over a year of battles in the federal courts before New Orleans finally acquiesced and allowed access to the guns. I led the team of experts that assisted Baton Rouge attorney Dan Holliday, the NRA/SAF attorney on the ground here who has fought this battle for so long.

    On April 18, 2007, we finally gained access and began inventorying the guns with the aim of finding as many owners as possible and reuniting them with their personal firearms. Unfortunately, after a year of misuse and neglect, most are good for the junk pile, and nothing else. This is all detailed in the final chapter of the book, "The Second Battle of New Orleans."

    I also wrote of this in the August issue of America's First Freedom, the NRA magazine on firearms politics that goes out to approximatly 1,000,000 subscribers. The link to that article is:


    Sorry to bend everyone's ear so long, but I thought the folks who read this forum (and it is definitely one of the most thoughtful gun forums I have seen) would be interested in all this.

    Again, the website is: www.neworleansgungrab.com

    Thanks for the opportunity to reach out to the people I really like most, the gun crowd!
  2. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    Welcome to THR!

    Appreciated your work in the August issue of America's First Freedom.

    No. It is I that thanks you.

  3. Robert Hairless

    Robert Hairless Senior Member

    Oct 11, 2003
    Welcome indeed. It's good to see you here, and it's good to have intelligent people who continue to pursue that unacceptable situation to a resolution.

    Two quick questions.

    Do you think that the people whose confiscated firearms were ruined will be able to get compensation from the City of New Orleans or--much better--from Mayor C. Ray Nagin personally?

    And do you think that it is possible for those people to successfully pursue suits against the city and/or the Mayor and/or others who took their property and denied them their rights?
  4. Shootist1

    Shootist1 New Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    New Orleans Gun Grab

    Greetings...I stopped by the house for a moment, and here you are!

    I can tell I'm going to enjoy this.

    There are numerous lawsuits filed down here as a result of the activities of the civil authorities...Patty Konie's lawsuit for the brutal assault she endured is supposed to start in the next month or so.

    I jokingly asked Dan Holliday if he would get anything out of New Orleans when they win the suit, and he said that was a worry--but they are also suing the California Department of Justice--remember, it was California Highway Patrol cops assisting NOPD that took her down.

    The NRA/SAF has a lawsuit against Ray Nagin personally--headed up by Stephen Halbrook, their Virginia lawyer who is a highly respected 2nd Amendment expert and Constitutional expert. The purpose of this is to insure they never attempt any such thing again--remember, this is New Orleans we are talking about, and they never believed the Constitution applied there anyway.

    I could tell you more about the lawsuits, but I would want to check with Dan Holliday and Stephen Halbrook before giving away any information that might assist the other side.
  5. Regolith

    Regolith Participating Member

    Jul 2, 2007
    Nevada & Oregon
    That's good to hear. I was about to suggest that the victims should sue everyone involved, but it looks like they already doing it.

    Personally, I think they should sue not only the organizations involved, but the individuals as well. They had to of known the order was illegal, but they did it anyway instead of refusing. Nuremberg destroyed the "just following orders" defense, so I would say that the likelihood of success is fairly high.
  6. NCHornet

    NCHornet New Member

    Mar 9, 2007
    The link to your article is not working. Not really interested in reading an entire book on the subject but would enjoy the abbreviated version.
  7. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Southern Indiana
    First of all thank you for your efforts...

    Please get back to us on this once you find out...

    Most of all, WELCOME TO THR!!!!
  8. CajunTim

    CajunTim New Member

    Jun 16, 2007
    New Orleans Area

    check out www.bayoushooter.com it is a Louisiana website for shooters. on there you will find Leo's that were in N.O. during the aftermath. They of tell confrontations with National Guard units running a muck around the city trying to take over undamaged dwellings for their luxury. Its worth a look since you are in BR.
  9. TCB in TN

    TCB in TN Participating Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Middle, TN
    Welcome and thanks for your contribution to the battle to keep our rights and our freedoms!
  10. Shootist1

    Shootist1 New Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    http://www.nrapublications.org/first freedom/ShameNeworleans.asp

    Sorry about the problem with the link--if you copy it and paste it in the address box, then "enter" it will take you directly to the article in AFF...I just did it. But this is only a very abbreviated version of the court battle to gain access to the stored guns. The real story is what they did to the private citizenry down there in their attempt to disarm everyone in the city--and increase their own private firearms collections at the same time.
  11. U.S.SFC_RET

    U.S.SFC_RET Participating Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    The Old Dominion State
    Looking at those pictures of "damaged property" conducted by New Orleans makes me sick to my stomach. The refusal of the NOPD to write out receipts for those weapons stymies me. Total abuse of power. If I was NOPD when that hurricane came in I too would have left the force and taken care of my family. There is higher honor in taking care of one's own then that dump of a city.
    They didn't go after the thugs, looters. The thin blue line is supposed to STOP anarchy. I understand the extenuating circumstances involved, but when you vote in an incomp this is what you get.
    Ray Nagin is dispicable, as far as I know never took responsibility as Mayor of that city for that failure.

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