Gun possession now OK at FEMA temporary housing

NEW ORLEANS (AP)_FEMA says residents can now possess and store firearms in trailer parks or other temporary housing set up for hurricane victims.

FEMA spokesman Butch Kinerny says use of weapons is still prohibited in the parks.

Gun rights groups had sought the change, saying the original policy violated Second Amendment protections for gun ownership. Kinerny says FEMA made the change after consulting with lawyers.

The old policy banning possession or storage of firearms had been in place for years. But two gun rights groups, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation, said they only found out about it earlier this month as a FEMA trailer park was opening in Baker, north of Baton Rouge.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had asked for enforcement of such a ban because the small, camper-style trailers are close together and have thin walls. The sheriff's office feared any gun going off accidentally would cause deaths or serious injuries.

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