Mississippi lawmakers could soon be presented with a bill that amends the state’s emergency powers law to allow gun owners to retain firearms in a crisis.

“The government has no business trying to confiscate a law-abiding citizen’s firearm or ammunition at any time, particularly in a natural disaster situation,” said State Sen. Merle Flowers, the bill’s sponsor.

After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Police confiscated firearms, citing authority to do so under state emergency powers laws.