|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended affect 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. As you know, all but two of the public massacres since 1950 had been committed by criminals and terrorists in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates.
Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. In fact, it is immoral and unconscionable to force the public to be victims of mass murder so that those in power can maintain a monopoly on force having to call 911 waiting for someone else to bring a gun to defending the public. If parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between. The cost of providing additional security to protect everyone who has been disarmed by this regulation will be prohibitive.
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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.