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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  5:36 pm
Commenter: Ray Voter, VA Resident

This regulation is dangerous to public safety.

Numerous Sheriffs (Douglas County, Oregon Sheriff John Hanlin & Milwaulkie Sheriff David Clarke and more) have spoken for armed law abiding citizens and the citizens roles as first responders in prevention of crimes and assaults. Numerous articles have been published touting legally armed citizens preventinting home burglaries, rapes, violent assaults, robberies and car jackings. Stripping them of their rights to self defense is not the answer. I implore you to actually prosecute violent criminals not law abiding citizens.

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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.


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