Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of General Services
Department of General Services
Regulations Banning Concealed Firearms in Offices Occupied by Executive Branch Agencies [1 VAC 30 ‑ 105]
Action Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices
Stage Emergency/NOIRA
Comment Period Ends 1/27/2016
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12/15/15  7:52 am
Commenter: Christian Forgione

Gun free zones are part of the problem, not the answer

All but two of the public massacres since 1950 have been committed in gun free zones. This regulation only serves to create more places for terrorists and criminals to do their dirty work unimpeded by armed opposition.

This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane.  We have had no shootings in state agencies and this prohibition on those with a concealed handgun permit, some of whom have active and ongoing threats to their lives, is entirely without any justification and needlessly and recklessly endangers innocent lives.

Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. This regulation would also disarm off-duty police officers in public places, and needlessly endanger motorists on the interstate highways who won't be able to legally carry at Virginia's rest stops. You might say, we'll add more security. But who will pay for that? The cost of doing so is incredibly prohibitive given the vast amount of public spaces that will no longer be defended (at no cost to the taxpayers) by legally armed citizens.

Importantly the Governor has no authority for this regulation.  If the General Assembly wanted the Governor to have such power, they would have granted it to him explicitly, as is required constitutionally.

This proposed regulation is a solution for which there is no problem.  It endangers state employees, law abiding citizens, and the innocent by making state buildings a safe zone for terrorists, criminals, and the criminally insane to conduct their evil and savage actions.

This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn. The entire idea that making more laws will solve the problem is asinine. Murder is already illegal. If the threat of life in prison or the death penalty won't deter people, then another law certainly won't help.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

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