New Orleans police seize 30 guns during Carnival season
NEW ORLEANS- 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.
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.