Friday, January 13, 2006

New Hampshire shows the way: "Concerned by perceived abuses of Federal power during the Katrina crisis, New Hampshire state reps are reviewing a bill which would criminalize certain weapons seizures - even if the perpetrators are Federal officers. House Bill 1639-FN, prohibits the confiscation of lawfully owned and lawfully carried firearms during a state of emergency, making a felon of any law enforcement officer who attempts to seize such a firearm during a disaster.... The bill reads: "Any law enforcement officer, person acting as a law enforcement officer, or other public official who confiscates or attempts to confiscate lawfully carried or lawfully owned firearms in this state during a declared state of emergency shall be charged with a class A felony." In the chaos following Hurricane Katrina, various government agencies - including Federal Marshalls - made systematic attempts to sweep New Orleans of guns - even if that meant entering the homes of law abiding gun owners".

No safety for anyone in D.C.: "Washington D.C. City Councilman Marion Barry�s become the latest victim of violent crime. Barry was in his Southeast apartment this week when he was robbed at gunpoint by a group of young men. They entered his apartment, held a gun to his head, and took off with his wallet, credit cards, and cash. Barry had given the teens a few dollars earlier in the evening after they helped bring in some of his groceries. The former mayor describes the incident as �traumatic�. I�d describe it as common. This is life in �gun free� Washington, D.C. No one is safe. Marion Barry�s a victim of a home invasion. Supreme Court Justice David Souter was assaulted while jogging last year. Teresa Heinz was mugged outside her Georgetown home. Wanda Alston, the head of the mayor�s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Affairs was murdered in a home invasion robbery. You are not safe in Washington, D.C. No one is".

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