|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.
Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. After all, criminals don't obey laws to begin with. Why would any criminal or terrorist opt not to shoot-up an agency office because of another law? They have already decided to commit murder-a capital crime. If some freak is willing to take a gun anywhere to commit murder, then they have already gone way beyond the pale of reason, logic or good citizenship and they have definitely vacated the realm of the law-abiding!
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. These regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.
God Bless our Commonwealth and her Citizens!