Agreeing to settle a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association, the city of New Orleans promised this week to return hundreds of firearms seized by police from law-abiding citizens during the chaotic days that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
While a step in the right direction, the article says the people aren't going to be compensated for any damages they've received as a result of the police departments failure to use reasonable care in the storage of the guns. The last news footage I saw about it many months ago showed the rusty guns in 55gal garbage cans full of water in a shipping container outside. While that might be "reasonable care" for a rock it certainly isn't reasonable care for a firearm. I certainly hope when people pick up their guns they walk over to the court house and file a civil lawsuit for damages.
This illustrated MORE than just a State confiscating firearms. this could be done on a much larger scale and the impending doom of whatever the emergency would be enough reason to do this. People would also TOTALLY overlook this as they are caught up in the moment and the event, as they did with Katrina