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by Michael Bastasch

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.

Mapp issued an emergency declaration Tuesday and mobilized National Guard units to prepare for the massive storm.

“This is not an opportunity to go outside and try to have fun with a hurricane,” Mapp said. “It’s not time to get on a surfboard.”

Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm Tuesday, with wind gusts hitting 175 miles an hour. Irma’s eye is expected to pass just north of the heart of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday and bring four to eight inches or rain and 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts.


The National Hurricane Center is calling the storm “extremely dangerous.” Weather forecasters say Irma is headed towards the Florida coastline, and should bring devastating conditions to the region in the next four or five days.

GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló both declared states of emergencies in anticipation of Irma.

Scott said President Donald Trump “offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma.”

Irma comes more than one week after Hurricane Harvey brought devastating floods to the greater Houston area.

Click below to read a copy of the order:

Virgin Islands Emergency Order

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  • Enzo Gorlami

    That governor should be put in front of a firing squad for subversion of the Constitution. No due process and just crapped all over every Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

    • SUPER 68 IS DOWN

      In general for a state of emergency (and Martial Law and quasi martial law declarations) Constitutional protections are amended and/or suspended

      • Temujin

        There is no “in general” about martial law. For one, it has never been a general suspension of the Constitution or Bill of Rights, it is in response to insurrection, a breakdown in the law and targets specific areas where needed.

        If we get too many who think it’s OK to do it for any kind of emergency and broadly, we’re going to fight another revolution … so that there will be respect for the Constitution once again.

        I don’t feel too sorry for the citizens in this case, they voted for their governor and will probably not complain if he takes all their money and every first born too.

  • Kit Ramos

    Does anyone believe that their National Guard does not have enough weapons and ammo to maintain peace and order with the hurricane? Are they that poor? Really? And will there be receipts given after the seizure? Will they be returned?

    • Bill Goebel

      KIT, my sentiments exactly

      • Kit Ramos

        Obviously a poorly-veiled exploitation of an opportunity for a wholesale confiscation they’ve long been lusting for. Instead of seizing guns and ammo, how about seizing food for later re-distribution, that can otherwise be lost in the hurricane anyway?

  • Philip Reid Hirsh III

    so he declared martial law but that does not mean that they are going house to house to seize weapons. They have declared that they can if they want to. That is scary enough for me but the headline is misleading.

    • Kit Ramos

      How about seizing food instead for re-distribution that can otherwise be lost in the hurricane.

  • Charles Brigand

    Ammo to fight a hurricane?
    Guns? Now a Bulldozer maybe.

  • Utter nonsense.

  • Rooster Cogburn

    God damn oathbreaking pieces of shit who need to remove my uniform from their traitorous bodies. It’s an unlawful order, contrary to the oath you took. We just went through this with Katrina, and it was ordered to return them based on unconstitutionality.

    These are the “Domestic” enemies our oath speaks of. Politicians and enemy combatants posing as NG troops.