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FEMA lifts gun ban in emergency Louisiana housing parks

[JURIST] The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [official website] has lifted a ban on firearms in emergency housing parks built in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive], officials announced Monday. FEMA spokesperson Butch Kinery said the complaints from gun-rights groups [JURIST report] that the ban violated the Second Amendment and a consultation with department lawyers prompted the lifting of the ban. Both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) [advocacy websites] had threatened legal action over the ban. Residents of housing parks are now allowed to possess and store firearms, although use of weapons is still prohibited in the parks, Kinery said. Read the SAF news release. AP has more.

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