Lawmakers Propose Ban on Gun Seizures in Emergencies

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Friday, February 23 2007 Feb 23, 2007 Friday, February 23, 2007 2:23:58 PM CST February 23, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - A state lawmaker wants to make sure that police can't take people's guns during an emergency. Several state legislatures have considered similar measures. The National Rifle Association began pushing for the restriction after state and federal law enforcement officers in New Orleans seized several hundred guns after the levees there failed in 2005. Republican House Member David Pearce, of Warrensburg, says the governor and city mayors have more power during an emergency, which could include taking guns. Jim Wells has been the sheriff of Pike County since 1989 and is the state sheriff's association's vice president. He says police officers haven't taken people's guns during disasters in the past, and are NOT likely to do it in the future.

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