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New Orleans to return stolen guns

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According to the SAF, the City of New Orleans will return the guns that were stolen by the police following Katrina. You would think that since they were *gasp* taken at gunpoint, that they would be nice and make the process as easy as possible. But no:

Gun owners will have to provide proof of ownership, which could include a bill of sale, a description of the firearm including brand and model and the serial number or a notarized affidavit that describes the firearm. Citizens claiming their firearms will need proper identification, such as a driver's license. Before firearms are returned, New Orleans police will conduct a background check.

Notarized affidavit? Bill of sale? Background check? What if some have already moved out of town or no longer have a Louisiana ID? Then it will be even harder to get your property back. Thus, the victimization continues.

I'm pretty sure that when firearms were confiscated, the police didn't issue a single receipt. Of course, the cops will claim that in times of emergency, there's no time for any of that. Surrender your guns or face some good old Cajun brutality.

Maybe FEMA will start returning stolen generators soon, or cars, or our money. Or not.


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