Elliott's Small Arms no match for Long Arm of the Law
Elliott's Small Arms, whose conspicuously aggressive advertising tactics immediately following the storm were successful in making them the busiest gun store in town (anyone remember the bright yellow signs they posted up and down St. Charles Ave circa Oct. 2005??), was raided and subsequently shut down by the ATF last week for, among other things, selling firearms to convicted felons. The ATF called Elliott's "one of the top sources in the United States of firearms that were later recovered in crimes." I wonder what finally tipped them off?
I wonder if the incident will make its way into the story line for "K-Ville", Fox's new post-Katrina NOPD cop drama set to premiere this August.
According to the Times-Picayune story, K-Ville's writer says the genesis of the project was simply that he's been fascinated by what's going on in New Orleans: "It's a little bit of the Wild West down there."
In case you're wondering whether the cops of K-Ville will be of the good or bad variety, I submit the following snippet of dialogue as evidence that they'll most likely be portrayed as the former, albeit somewhat stressed out (an actor friend who has a small part in K-Ville left his lines in my car while in town for the shoot...):
Detective B: NOPD cops are quitters, right? Cause some bolted during the storm? You thought maybe that was me? Well, you sent your message to the wrong guy...
W: Detective, I've been in a lot of wars seen a lot of things your eyes right now they're the eyes of a soldier on the edge of a breakdown a guy who's not gonna last so with respect honestly you might consider a little vacation....
(I don't know if the lack of punctuation is in the original script, but I like the rapid-fire effect.)
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