posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 09:36 PM
Thanks to efforts by the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation, those who have been forced to live in FEMA housing will be
able to possess and store firearms. FEMA agreed to the change in policy after consulting attorneys. Despite the fact that the policy has been in
effect for several years the NRA and the Foundation only learned about it when the FEMA housing opened near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Sheriff's
Department is said to have requested the ban.
Gun rights groups had sought the change, saying the original policy violated Second Amendment protections for gun ownership. Kinerny said FEMA made
the change after consulting with lawyers.
FEMA said it has been general policy for several years to prohibit guns at such parks anywhere in the country. But two gun rights groups — the
National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation — said they found out about it only this month as a 600-trailer encampment opened near
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre praised the change. "It is wrong to force citizens to give up their constitutional rights in order for
them to get a needed federal benefit," he said in a news release.
Col. Greg Phares, chief sheriff's deputy in Baton Rouge, had asked for a firearms ban at the park.
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I always come down on the side of the Constitution anyway, but in the case of FEMA emergency housing, I have heard too many accounts of blatant
criminal activity in these parks for the law-abiding to have to live without effective means of self-protection. The lawless always have the upper
hand against those who respect the law and when the law inhibits something as basic as self-protection, the law is clearly in error. The people of
the thirteen original colonies understood the importance of this fundamental right so well that they refused to ratify a Constitution that did not
protect that right and the Second Amendment could not be more clear: "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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[edit on 2005/10/24 by GradyPhilpott]