Guns, ammo ordered confiscated by Gov. of Virgin Islands

Using Hurricane Irma as an contrivance for infringing on Second Amendment rights, Kenneth Mapp, Governor of the American Virgin Islands and also the territory’s Commander-in-Chief of its National Guard, has ordered the Guard’s Adjutant General, Col. Deborah Howell, to seize privately owned arms and ammunition. 

In this peculiar letter* filled with pomposity, verbosity, and frequent references to “me,“ Mapp cites numerous titles and codes as well as “Rules of Force” for this “emergency mission.”

Mapp wrote that the order was issued under authority of Virgin Islands Code, Title 23, Chapter 19,  and insisted it is necessary “to maintain the health, welfare, and safety of the people of the Virgin Islands.” The adjutant general is given the right to “take whatever actions she considers necessary to carry out the assigned missions.”

Mull that one over.

The governor issues big orders and until a “compromise” with the legislature causing him to vacate his $12,500 a month rental estate in 2015, he also lived big. No shrinking violet, Mapp maintains a  grand view of the scope of his authority. When the senate refused to confirm his 11 cabinet members, he simply redesignated and renominated each of them as acting commissioners.

Mapp might well think the hurricane already touched down when he faces the force of the NRA.  Chris Cox,  NRA-ILA executive director, makes it clear that the NRA is ready to use a lawsuit to stop Gov. Mapp’s order:

“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster. This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk,” Cox said.

“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.”

Cox’ full statement can be read in NRA Condemns U.S. Virgin Island Firearm Confiscation Plan.

Background on the U.S. Virgin Islands can be found here.

* H/T Daily Caller


5 Responses to Guns, ammo ordered confiscated by Gov. of Virgin Islands

  1. Kimball says:

    Reuters is currently reporting that Hurricane Irma has devastated a string of Caribbean islands, killing at least 11 people. With winds of around 180 mph the storm lashed several small islands in the northeast Caribbean, including Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands, tearing down trees, flattening homes and causing widespread damage.
    The eye of the hurricane passed north of Puerto Rico early Thursday, battering the U.S. territory with high winds and heavy rains and leaving nearly 70 percent of the population without electricity.

    Then read this blood boiling report on the way Gov. Mapp has spent hundreds of $millions intended for disaster preparedness.

    No wonder Gov. Mapp was able to live in a $12,500 a month rent-a-mansion.

    • MacBeth says:

      Although I’m no fan of the leftwing media, the CNBC article you posted tells quite a story. Maybe it’s time to cut our ties with this corrupt “territory.” Mapp should be prosecuted rather than an elected governor. The people who put him in office either are OK with corruption or miserably ill iinofrmed.

  2. Realist says:

    The more I read the more it appears Gov. Mapp gives new meaning to the unflattering term, “banana republic.” He sounds like a Class A scam artist.

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    This egotist governor is out of control. I hope the NRA reins him in.
    I might even consider rejoining. I left the NRA several years ago (along with five of my shooting range buddies) when the annual conference was held in Phoenix and they had John McCain as the keynote speaker. Yes. The same John McCain who was bonded to the idea of closing what he called “gun show loopholes,” relating to sales of firearms. I called the NRA at the time and told them I’d had it. I promptly joined Gun Owners of America.

  4. Doc says:

    …guns an’ ammo? WHAT guns an’ ammo? I ain’t got no guns an’ ammo…