By CAIN BURDEAU
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In a gun-rights case backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal appeals court is ordering New Orleans law-enforcement authorities to explain why they're holding onto a handgun seized from a painting contractor nearly four years ago during an arrest on drug and weapons charges that were later dropped.
On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that New Orleans officials must demonstrate why they're still holding onto Errol Houston Jr.'s handgun.
The ruling comes two months after the same appeals court panel ruled that a federal judge correctly dismissed the lawsuit against the city of New Orleans.
Houston and the ACLU of Louisiana asked the 5th Circuit to reconsider that March ruling and that resulted in Tuesday's decision keeping the suit alive.