The US Virgin Islands Governor just signed a shocking emergency order ahead of Hurricane Irma

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.”
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“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?

Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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27 Comments

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  2. Most probably this guy signed a pre-printed, all inclusive form letter (meant for use in any and all emergency situations) and signed it on the fly without reading it. Good lesson. Never sign anything without reading it first and adjusting the language to the current circumstances.

  3. Rogue Nation…not the action of a US Territory…Cut them loose; no more access will reduce direct line for drugs and the debt hole that is created.

  4. They want to confiscate guns to protect the island from the storm? Could we have a little clarification on that? How will that help to protect anyone from the storm? Wont the people need their guns to protet themselves?

  5. It’s not unconstitutional per se. For example, there are situations where newspapers can be seized, in spite of the First Amendment.

    It’s unconstitutional as applied, as the justification, even if it would have been adequate, is based on false premises.

  6. It’s not unconstitutional per se. For example, there are situations where newspapers can be seized, in spite of the First Amendment.

    It’s unconstitutional as applied, as the justification, even if it would have been adequate, is based on false premises.

  7. Does the Constitution not apply (even in US territories)?
    Seems a need exists for significant penalties for officials that usurp authority. A need to remind them of their oathes of office and duties that follow. Not just to act as dictators!

  8. This stupid SOB has no legal right to seize their personal property and confiscate their weapons to defend their property. This idiot needs to be corrected by the courts and impeached if he continues to try and strip the people of their rights. What an imbecile!

  9. Now the crooks no they can do anything they want. Then this crooked governor can get his piece of the action. Did this jerk make any mention of returning guns to people. Just like they did in during Katrina.

  10. Now, not only are their people powerless from the ‘storm’ but also against looters and the predators that come afterward!! If they really needed ammunition, guns, etc. they could have requested them from the mainland!! Sounds like a ‘dumb’ move one of our ‘liberal’ governors would make–doesn’t it??

    • That’s their plan, don’t you see? Render the general public helpless to defend itself, then take total control over their lives… and their money.

  11. What are your thoughts on Governor Mapp’s emergency order?
    ILLEGAL

    Do you think it is unconstitutional?
    DEFINITELY VIOLATES THE 2ND AMMENDMENT

    Would you surrender your firearms during a natural disaster?
    ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!

    IF THEY NEED WEAPONS THEY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO HAVE THEM AIRDROPPED IF NEEDED> IN FACT< WHY DON"T THEY HAVE THEM ALREADY???

  12. Wanting to all private guns and property this smacks of total dictatorship, that cannot be allowed, it is time that governor is removed from office and put in prison where he belongs. People have the right to defend themselves from danger and roving gangs are a very real danger to everyone. What does this disrespect the people go do? Just roll over and give up everything they have!! not me I may not live there but those that do live there have inherent rights that the government cannot take away.

  13. It’s just a lame excuse to seize all arms and ammunition from the general public to put the government in complete power. Don’t give your weapons or ammo under ANY circumstances. If they come to your door to collect them, say “Sure, you can have all my bullets… one at a time. And you can have my guns, but they won’t do you one bit of good where you’re going next.”

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