US Virgin Islands governor authorizes confiscation of privately owned firearms, ammo

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.


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. So the V I national guard is going to confiscate” any property needed” for their mission?
    People who prepared and bought generators, food, bottled water and toilet paper are going,to have it seized by government thugs?
    And then what are these people supposed to eat, drink and wipe their asses with?
    Seems like the National Guard would have their own generators and toilet paper
    I am so glad we in Florida have the no gun confiscation law, and the ” everyone has a temporary concealed permit law” during emergencies
    I suggest V.I. Citizens not shoot at the National Guard as there is no way to win against them.
    You will have to sue them later and hopefully win lots of money and move to Florida

  2. This is GREAT NEWS for all the criminals!!!! Crime in the USVI has exploded in the last few years. Now the thugs will have open season on defenseless residents…….l

  3. I recently told 167 of my colleagues in the RNC that our leaders in the US VIrgin Islands treat us like second class citizens. This is the proof… Believe in Good Government…

  4. This is bullshit, and if they think for one second this would get accomplished in the states it would be the LARGEST blood bath in history people aren’t going to surrender their means of protection to anyone for any reason PERIOD. Now good day😁

  5. Patrick Shannon on

    My bet is that this was all pre-written, boiler plate language that’s now suddenly being yanked out of the butt without real thought to the implications. I’m not sure it’s actually a direct order to confiscate everyone’s firearms… yet…

  6. While I find fault with him for doing this, the sad thing is that he actually could be well within his rights to do this. The US Virgin Islands, while a US territory, are an unincorporated territory in which the Constitution only applies in the form of an unspecified, undefined term of “fundamental rights”. For the NRA to approach it from a 2nd Amendment position would be difficult, unless somewhere it’s been legally defined that the “fundamental rights” guaranteed to unincorporated territories also includes the right to bear arms. They’d have a better chance approaching it from the view of “search/seizure”, which I think has been used even in government documents as an example of those rights.

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