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Congressional Cmte Says Mapp Has Some ‘Splainin’ To Do About Gun Seizure Order

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Natural Resources committee told Fox News host Tucker Carlson last night that he and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee want answers from Governor Kenneth Mapp about his gun seizure orders.

They have given Mapp until August 1 to respond to a letter about the chief executive six times re-declaring a state of emergency, nearly a year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Why not just ban free speech, people saying inconvenient things during disasters why not put them in jail for that?” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) told Carlson.

In his declarations, Mapp has authorized the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) to seize firearms, despite Second Amendment protections for territorial residents.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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