Jan 282013

Seven total gun cases were reported along the Uptown portion of the parade route this weekend, with five clustering near Erato Street, and the other two at Eighth and Sixth streets. (map via NOPD.com)

Four more gun cases were reported on the Uptown parade route Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total for the first weekend of Carnival to seven, according to police reports.

On Saturday, police made gun cases around 7:30 p.m. at Sixth and St. Charles, around 8:20 p.m. at Erato and St. Charles, and again at 9:40 p.m. at Erato and St. Charles. On Sunday, a gun was reported at Thalia and St. Charles around 2 p.m., according to crime maps.

The latest reports follow three guns seized on Friday evening along the route. Together, five of the cases were close to the Erato and St. Charles intersection, while the other two were at Sixth and Eighth streets.

No details on any of the individual cases — such as types of guns or names of arrested individuals — have been released.

  • Want to bet that there wasn’t a single “semiautomatic assault rifle” in the whole haul?

  • I’m about as pro-gun as they come, but the chaos of a crowded parade is no place to carry a firearm. Of course, here the people caught carrying are generally doing so illegally irrespectively, which is why we’ve had shootings at parades in past years. It’s good that the police seem to be proactive about this, provided the detentions are valid and supported by reasonable suspicion (i.e., not like the dubious stops now so controversial in New York City).