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  1:18 pm
Commenter: John Pulliam

This regulation is dangerous to public safety, making Government buildings soft targets 4 terrorist

This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended effect 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. This Firearms ban 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.

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 and can only create "soft targets" for terrorist. 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.

I encourage you to consider these points:

* Almost every public massacre since 1950 to include the recent Terror attacks in San Bernadino, California have been committed by criminals and terrorists in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates

* Bans in rest stops send a very uninviting message to/and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers

* The cost of providing additional security to protect everyone who has been disarmed by this regulation will be prohibitive

* The Governor's lack of authority to institute this Ban and this ban will not hold up in court thereby inferring an undue cost to the state

?* If parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between

This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

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