New Orleans Police Seize 30 Guns During Carnival Season

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police confiscated 30 guns over the past 12 days while on patrol on or near the Mardi Gras parade routes.

         Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a news release the gun confiscations and arrests were a direct result of a plan implemented with help from local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

         Harrison said there was a zero tolerance policy for anyone who made the decision to bring a weapon to Carnival and put local residents and visitors in danger.

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         He says the department started working at 100 percent staffing levels on Jan. 29 as part of the city's public safety plan. All officers assigned to parade routes worked eight hours a day and officers in police districts worked a minimum of 12 hour shifts.

         Harrison said officers returned to regular staffing levels Wednesday.


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