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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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12/16/15  2:16 pm
Commenter: V. Stell

Why deny Virginia citizens right to self-defense?

My original comment has been deleted (or hidden).  I believe it was because I called the governor a yankee carpetbagger, so this time I won't do that!  Instead, I'll try to reproduce my previouse comments.

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.

Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer.  It's one thing for a private person to restrict gun rights on his/her private property.  It's another wholly different thing for the government to restrict rights on public property.  I can always go somewhere else if I don't like the rules of the private property owner, but in the case of the government I may very well be required by law to enter the building.  Agencies like DMV, Game & Inland Fisheries are examples.  So the government would then place me in a dangerous situation with no means to protect myself.

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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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

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