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Virgin Islands Allows National Guard To Seize Guns, Ammo Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

Virgin Islands Allows National Guard To Seize Guns, Ammo Ahead Of Hurricane Irma

Postby smix » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:19 pm

Virgin Islands Allows National Guard To Seize Guns, Ammo Ahead Of Hurricane Irma
Daily Caller

URL: http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/05/virgi ... cane-irma/
Category: Politics
Published: September 5, 2017

Description: 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.



NRA Ready To Go To Court To Stop Gun Confiscation In Virgin Islands
Daily Caller

URL: http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/05/nra-r ... n-islands/
Category: Politics
Published: September 5, 2017

Description: The National Rifle Association announced Tuesday the organization is ready to engage in a legal fight to stop an order signed by U.S. Virgin Islands governor Kenneth Mapp to enable the government to seize personal firearms and ammunition ahead of Hurricane Irma. “People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.” Following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin put forth a similar order and authorities began seizing legally owned firearms by private citizens. The NRA also intervened in federal court in that situation, stopping the confiscations, and the court ordered officials to return the seized firearms. Congress passed legislation thereafter, backed by the NRA, to ban the confiscation of legal firearms by law-abiding citizens during emergencies. In 2006, President George W. Bush signed the bill into law. “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 said.
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