One More Reason the
Brady Law Must Go
by Larry Pratt
One of the emblems of Hurricane
Katrina was the horrific
invasion of Patricia Konie’s
home by members of the California
Highway Patrol (CHP).
They entered Miss Konie’s
home — against her expressed
wishes. The Oakland TV station video of this can be seen
at http://gunowners.org/neworleans.ram in the RealPlayer
Miss Konie (as she is universally known) was told that
she needed to leave the city even though the storm had
passed, her home was high and dry, and she was well-provisioned.
One of the cops asked what she would do if a
looter invaded the house and she lifted her antique .38
revolver as if she were holding a paperweight. “With this,”
One of them immediately shouted: “She’s got a gun.”
Three of these big thugs then tackled her in her kitchen,
breaking her collar bone. As they scuffled on the floor, one
of them said, “We’re just trying to help you.”
The CHP attack team then hauled Miss Konie (pronounced
Connie) out of her house, manhandling her into a
truck to be shipped off to South Carolina for three months.
Taxpayers also got stuck with the $3500 bill for providing
shots and general care for her dog during this time.
In a conversation with Rep. Steve Scalise of New
Orleans, I asked whether this little lady who probably does
not weigh 100 pounds had had her gun returned. The Congressman
had her phone number in his blackberry, and he
had his staff get an answer to this question. She had not, of
course, gotten her gun back.
So we agreed that even though GOA could not get in the
business of indemnifying gun owners who have been
abused by their government, we could make whole this
very conspicuous lady who had suffered from an out-ofcontrol
I travelled to New Orleans on October 22 for the presentation
of a replacement .38 caliber handgun. Scalise
arranged for this to be done at the Pro Sport Shop in downtown
New Orleans. Miss Konie made the purchase, and we
had the news conference which went very well.
After the media left, the shop owner called in for a
Brady Instant Check — as required by law — but was told
the sale could not go through. Apparently, Miss Konie’s
birth date on her Medicare records did not match the date
on the driver’s license she used for the sale.
So, the government invades Miss Konie’s home, breaks
her collar bone, steals her gun, and then uses a law that
does not keep criminals from getting guns to keep Miss
Konie from getting hers!
Don’t you feel safer knowing how the Brady Law has
been protecting you from the likes of Miss Konie?
An additional dimension of government thuggery
emerged during my visit. While serving in the state legislature,
Representative Scalise got acquainted with Jim Gelé,
the owner of Pro Sport Shop. The City of New Orleans
had been suing Pro Sport because a gun that had been
legally sold there had ended up being used in a crime.
Scalise got a law passed that cut the lawsuit off at the
knees, but not before it had cost Pro Sport tens of thousands
While the City lost the case, they were not finished hammering
Pro Sport. During Katrina, when the store was
abandoned, neighbors reported seeing the police invade the
store from the front, and on another occasion, from behind.
No wonder the population of New Orleans has declined
post-Katrina. Many folks found that life was better after
they fled the city and ended up in new locations.
The travails of Miss Konie and Pro Sport spotlight all
that is wrong with the attitude of too many in government
who consider themselves above the law.
Miss Konie’s continuing abuse by government also
underscores the need to get rid of the Brady Law. The
National Academy of Science and the federal government’s
Center for Disease Control have both found that there is no
research that indicates that any gun control law has lowered
crime. Even more reason to junk a bad idea and say: “Bye,
bye, Brady.” ■
Sen. H.L. Richardson (Ret.)
Founder and Chairman
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