Fact check: Did New Orleans mayor’s order allow ban on gun sales?
Molly Stellino, USA TODAY Published 5:21 p.m. ET March 21, 2020 | Updated 5:25 p.m. ET March 21, 2020CLOSE Less than a month after revelers crowded New Orleans for Mardi Gras, the streets are now nearly empty. Many businesses have shuttered and a “stay at home” mandate was issued as the city becomes one of the nation’s coronavirus hot spots. (March 21) AP DomesticThe claim: The mayor of New Orleans issued an executive order that could ban gun salesIn response to the coronavirus pandemic, an executive order issued by the New Orleans mayor would allow the banning and transportation of firearms.Right-leaning news outlet Breitbart published on March 16 an article claiming the executive order issued by New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell in response to the coronavirus allows the city to ban the transportation and sale of firearms. New America, another conservative news outlet, cited Breitbart when reporting the same information.The claim then spread further on Facebook and attracted the attention of Second Amendment advocates.Exaggerated versions of the claim circulated on the platform, stating that Cantrell has already banned guns in New Orleans, using provisions related to the declaration of a state of emergency.What the Cantrell’s executive order meansIt is true that a line in