Archive for September 2005
Police Begin Seizing Guns of Civilians – New York Times: “NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 – Local police officers began confiscating weapons from civilians in preparation for a forced evacuation”
Waters Recede in New Orleans; Cheney Tours Gulf Region – New York Times: “No civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns, or other firearms of any kind, said P. Edwin Compass, the superintendent of police. ‘Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons,’ he said.
But that order apparently does not apply to the hundreds of security guards whom businesses and some wealthy individuals have hired to protect their property. The guards, who are civilians working for private security firms like Blackwater, are openly carrying M-16′s and other assault rifles. Mr. Compass said he was aware of the private guards but that the police had no plans to make them give up their weapons.”