The Gulf Coast is still reeling from Hurricane Harvey
Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is racing toward the Caribbean, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is right in its sights.
But it’s the emergency order signed by USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp that’s sending out shockwaves.
The Daily Caller reports:
U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed an emergency order allowing the seizure of private guns, ammunition, explosives and property the National Guard may need to respond to Hurricane Irma.
Mapp signed the order Monday in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The order allows the Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands to seize private property they believe necessary to protect the islands, subject to approval by the territory’s Justice Department.
This isn’t the first time a stunning power-grab like this was carried out and “justified” by a Hurricane.
The NRA sued and won in federal court after a similar order was issued in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
They issued a statement strongly condemning the order issued by Governor Mapp.
“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”
“When 911 is non-existent and law enforcement personnel are overwhelmed with search-and-rescue missions and other emergency duties, law-abiding American citizens must be able to protect their families and loved ones. The NRA is prepared to pursue legal action to halt Gov. Mapp’s dangerous and unconstitutional order,” concluded Cox.
The organization threatened legal action over the order.
What are your thoughts on Governor Mapp’s emergency order?
Do you think it is unconstitutional?
Would you surrender your firearms during a natural disaster?
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