|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ended on 1/27/2016|
This proposed regulation will not be followed by those who have decided to kill or shoot innocent people. Unless you put controls in place to verify that no one carries into these offices, disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. If someone wishes to commit murder, they will bring a weapon or explosives into these offices regardless of the regulations. 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.
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. Cost to put controls in place to verify that no one is armed, will incur significant cost. If an innocent person, who for other than the policy would have been armed, were to be shot in one of these locations without these cotnrols, then a lawsuit for failure to provide protection is likely, again costing the state money.
This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.