Utah Rep. Rob Bishop said that House lawmakers will be probing the effectiveness of an order signed by the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands that allows the seizure of weapons from its citizens.

Bishop (R) said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that a letter was sent to USVI Gov. Kenneth Mapp, asking for information on if, in fact, any guns have been seized.

Bishop also serves as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

"Why in the hell would you make this order in the first place?" he said


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Prior to Hurricane Irma last year, Mapp issued the order that authorized the seizure of private guns and ammunition from citizens on the islands by its National Guard.

Bishop said that Mapp has renewed the order six times. He said that the territorial law that allows the order to take place is similar to what was ruled unconstitutional after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"We don't know if it's actually been used or implemented or if anything has been confiscated," he said.

Then-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin signed the similar order after the devastating hurricane prior to a forced evacuation of those living in affected areas.

According to the order, Adjutant General Deborah Howell was “authorized and directed to seize arms, ammunition, explosives, incendiary material and any other property that may be required by the military forces for the performance of this emergency mission.”

"[The Second Amendment] isn't about hunting, it's not about collection. It's an individual right to self-defense," Bishop said.

Watch the segment from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" above.


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