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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  2:17 pm
Commenter: Patrick McClain

No gun ban in executive agency facilities - Extend comment period

I agree with many of the other commenters that banning concealed carry in state government buildings is a terrible idea for, among others, the following reasons:

1. It increases the likelihood of gun violence in those areas by creating a "gun-free zone" that will be obeyed only by the law abiding.  Indeed, these kinds of "gun-free zones" are an almost perfectly designed filter to make sure that none of the people who should have a gun will have one without stopping a single person who should not.

2. It exceeds the authority of the executive to take this action.

3. It is a solution to a non-existent problem.  Concealed carry holders have a remarkably low rate of crime and are the last people we should be worrying about.

Further, given the overwhelmingly negative response in the comments, to proceed with the regulation at this point would make a mockery of the public comment process.  If a regulation is proposed and receives this type of overwhelming negative response, and the government nevertheless imposes the regulation, what is the point of the comment process?

Accordingly, the proposed regulatory action should not be taken, and the emergency action currently in place should be rescinded.  I also request that the comment period be extended.

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