The NOPD is confiscating guns from otherwise law-abiding citizens? The hell you say.
From reports I get here, and here, they're taking firearms as part of the general emergency order from the Governor and specific orders from the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police, a Mr. Compass, has made a decision that may affect the rest of his career. Especially when his order has been found to be in violation of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution, not to mention numerous portions of the Louisiana Constitution and Louisiana Revised Statutes.
To those residents who are being affected, take names. Get the names of the officers and their department affiliation. Don't be rude, don't be threatening. Let the officers do whatever it is they might do. If you resist, all is lost.
Remember the words of Robert E. Lee: "No gentleman is rude accidently." There will be plenty of time to be rude later, when you are garnishee-ing the paychecks of everyone involved. The judgements are going to be huge, and those cops will be working for you for a long, long time. Not to mention the considerable cash that you get from the city.
Attend to your safety. Make the officers carry you to a place of safety. They are there, after all, to evacuate you. Don't do anything to jeapordize your safety. Stay safe. You'll soon be rich, and able to buy any gun your heart desires.
Then, as soon as you are able, find a Federal Courthouse. Go there and talk to a US Attorney. Tell him you want to file charges for violations of your civil rights. Give him your list of names of the individual officers. Then, go find a good plaintiff lawyer. There are hundreds of them out of work from New Orleans alone. Get one with the demeanor of a bulldog, the fortitude of a snapping turtle, and the personality of a rattlesnake. Tell him you want to sue the officers involved for violation of your civil rights. If that lawyer doesn't swoon, or get an erection, you have the wrong lawyer. You should be able to see the dollar signs roll in his eyes. Sue those bastards for everything they are worth. Sue them in state court for violating your rights under the Louisiana Constitution, sue them in Federal Court for violating your civil rights. Sue them till their noses bleed, and be rude about it.
Have your lawyer pester the living hell out of the US attorney until he arrests those bastards. Officers acting under color of law understand that they cannot break the law to uphold it and that the US Constitution forbids certain actions. Officers that commit criminal acts cannot hide behind the orders of superiors. That defense died at Nuremburg.
I am saddened and horrified at the actions of the NOPD, both during and after the event that Katrina became. There have got to be some good officers in that department, but news I read from the city and first hand accounts from officers I have talked with lead me to believe that the NOPD is in a crisis of its own making.
In my career as a cop, I have personally arrested three bad cops. They sullied the uniform I wore and corroded the trust that has to exist between a police department and the citizenry we protect. The oath we take requires us to protect the law as much as protecting the people and we are not above the law. Our oath requires us to uphold the law in the face of danger to our persons or our career. I have threatened to arrest other cops, and I have protested orders when those orders seemed to violate state law. Any cop who violates the rights of citizens while acting under illegal orders is a criminal and should be treated like one.