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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  7:23 pm
Commenter: Dan Arrington

Governor's proposed permanent state-agency gun ban

Why place another gun ban or restrict one more place where honest, law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves from criminals?


Recent history has proven that criminals intent on doing harm to others do it in places where they will have little or no resistance, and then as soon as resistance is met they take their own lives.

Why give criminals another safe haven in which to carry out their goals, hurting innocent people and spreading fear and chaos?

It is ridiculous to think that banning guns from state buildings much less anywhere else is somehow keeping citizens safer. Criminals will find the easiest place to carry out their intent; Let us not give them MORE options. Please give us the ability to defend ourselves and other innocent people.

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 turning state buildings into safe zones for terrorists, criminals, and the criminally insane to conduct their evil and savage actions.

Further, if parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between.  That is ridiculous.

This regulation should NOT be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

Also, please extend the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 44564