A directive that the U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard confiscate guns and ammunition from private citizens as Hurricane Irma bears down on the territory is drawing a strong response from gun-rights advocates.
Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued the order, directing the National Guard to seize personal guns and ammo. And the National Rifle Association is vowing to go to court to make sure citizens can defend themselves in the wake of disaster.
“People need the ability to protect themselves during times of natural disaster,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “This dangerous order violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and puts their lives at risk.”
Cox added that times of disaster are when citizens need their right to keep and bear arms more than ever. “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.”