|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, including off-duty police officers, is entirely without any justification and needlessly and recklessly endangers innocent lives.
The cost of providing additional security to protect everyone who has been disarmed by this regulation will be prohibitive and if parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between. Disarming good law abiding citizens does not make them safer since criminals and terrorists, by definition, would not obey this regulation.
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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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.