Virgin Islands governor’s gun-confiscation plan probed by Republicans

Virgin Islands governor's gun-confiscation plan probed by Republicans

US Virgin Islands sets dangerous precedent for gun seizure Just before Hurricane Irma last year, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued a disturbing executive order authorizing the emergency seizure of guns and ammunition. The hurricane has been over nearly a year, but Mapp has continued to renew this order, apparently setting the precedent that Virgin Islands residents can lose their weapons at will. Now, some lawmakers are finally demanding answers about this executive order. #Tucker Republican lawmakers are inquiring into an order from U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp that theoretically allowed the state to seize citizens’ firearms ahead of Hurricane Irma last year. Rep. Rob Bishop, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, sent Mapp, an independent, a letter Wednesday asking for clarification on an executive order he signed in September 2017 they said is still in effect. The order, according to the two Republicans, gave the adjutant general the authority “to seize arms, ammunition, explosives and incendiary material and other property required.” The order also “allows for the National Guard to spend government resources to acquire firearms and ammunition outside of normal government procurement processes.” Bishop told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson the lawmakers want to know if “as devastating as those two hurricanes were, if that ever justifies the denial of a civil liberty or the denial of a constitutional right.” The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is a group of islands in the Caribbean. The islands […]

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