In a state of emergency, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, things are already hectic and unpredictable, bordering on chaotic. In these times, one would think that the government would focus on helping citizens protect themselves, both from the stated dangers of the virus, and the dangers of those who would prey on the weak by taking advantage of the emergency.
Sadly, this is not the case.
In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the police went door to door and seized firearms from legal owners, and held them, until forced to return them three years later, after settling a lawsuit brought by the NRA-ILA.
So what should we law abiding gun owners expect, now that the White House and many states and cities have declared states of emergency?
Well, as with many things, this depends on where you live.
First, know that the US Government cannot seize your guns – legally – because of a state of emergency. See 42 U.S. Code § 5207.
In Georgia, the law used to allow authorities to seize our guns, but thanks to GeorgiaCarry, the law was changed, and now, while we can’t buy new guns, we can still carry the ones we own.
Georgia law O.C.G.A. 38-3-51 says,:
(c) The Governor shall have and may exercise for such period as the state of emergency or disaster exists or continues the following additional emergency powers:
(8) Suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, explosives, or combustibles; provided, however, that for purposes of this paragraph, the terms “explosives” and “combustibles” shall not include firearms or ammunition or any component thereof; and
For a summary of laws from other states, see this post from Bigfoot Gunbelts.
So, what should we do?
First, know your rights in the state where you live. Do research. Contact your local state gun rights group.
Second, print out and keep a copy of the law with you, in case someone you encounter does not know the law. For those in Georgia, here is a copy.
Then, take action. For those of us in Georgia, buy ammo, if you can. Here in Kennesaw, 9mm was gone last week. But that’s why I lay in ammo any way.
But always, stay alert. Stay in Condition Orange. And stay safe.
NOTE – Section 8 of the Georgia law had been updated to the current correct version.