In an order issued Monday, United States Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has authorized the VI National Guard to seize personally owned firearms, ammunition or “any other property that may be required by the military forces for the performance of this emergency mission.”
This may be the first time a sitting governor has personally ordered the confiscation of privately owned firearms anywhere under the US flag.
Having lived on St. Thomas, USVI for several years, I can assure you that the VI National Guard has plenty of guns — plenty. They certainly don’t need additional firearms — especially if they’re ripped out of the hands of the rightful owners.
The USVI has some of the worst gun laws in the country. Every firearm is registered with the police department, so they’ve got a convenient list of gun owners.
Quite franky, and even by Virgin Islands standards, this order is quite nuts.
I doubt there’s a (real) judge presiding anywhere on the mainland that would give Mapp’s imperial decree even a moment’s thought before finding it unconstitutional.
The problem is, the VI will be getting slammed by Hurricane Irma in just hours.
It will take weeks or months to get the order quashed. Until then, it will carry the full force of law, and gun owners will be stripped of their means of self defense.
Those who say gun confiscation can never happen under the American Flag pay heed.