New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) granted herself the ability to temporarily suspend the Second Amendment when she signed a coronavirus emergency order last week allowing a ban the sale and transportation of firearms.
She signed a follow-up proclamation on March 16, 2020, further emphasizing her emergency powers to “suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation, of alcoholic beverages.”
The declaration declaring the mayor’s power to restrict gun sales and transportation says she is “empowered, if necessary, to suspend or limit the sale of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.”
On March 16, 2020, the Second Amendment Foundation responded to Cantrell’s claims of emergency powers over firearms by reminding her that they sued over Second Amendment infringement following Hurricane Katrina and will do so during the era of coronavirus if needed.
In 2006, after New Orleans confiscated some 550 guns in door-to-door seizures following Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which contained an NRA-backed amendment that prohibits anyone acting under color of federal law, receiving federal funds, or acting at the direction of a federal employee from seizing firearms during a state of emergency.
The Democrat currently serving as New Orleans mayor thinks she has a way to circumvent federal law.