|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
First of all, as this in an important issue, please extended the comment period for another 30 days.
As a member of both the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America, a life member of the National Rifle Association, and a former soldier of the US Army, I detest this regulation that our Governor has recently passed.
This reguation is first of all unconstitutional, as it is one of the many violations of the 2nd amendment. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this is certainly an infringement. In terms of state law, the Governor has no such authority to pass such a regulation. The General Assembly would have granted such powers explicitly, and did not for good reason.
Moreso, this regulation will not do anything to prevent criminals from commiting acts of evil and terrorism, and will in fact aid them as they will have less resistance from law abiding citizens and off duty police officers. Off-duty police officers are also prevented from carrying, which leads us to ask some very specific questions which need answers from the Governor himself. Firstly, does the Governor fear his own police officers? Does the behavior of police officers became deranged when off duty? When a police officer finishes his shift, does he suddenly become evil, requiring such a law that bans him from carrying off duty in a state building? To think so would be absolute nonsense. Not to mention that the truly deranged will not be turned off from commiting acts of violence by a simple regulation. What will deter criminal acts, is an armed citizenry.
In conclusion, this regulation should not be approved, but instead thrown into the trash where it belongs. The emergency regulation should also be withdrawn.