|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
This proposed regulatory action will only affect the good and law-abiding citizens of this country. By definition, law-breakers DO NOT OBEY LAWS. Banning guns in state agencies is only a feel-good measure which has no effect except for intentionally disarming law-abiding concealed handgun carriers, and ensuring they have no ability to defend themselves or others in the event of a catastrophic event. Some of those with concealed handgun permits have had active and ongoing threats to their lives. Their lives are being needlessly and recklessly endangered by this proposed regulation. These lawful citizens are the only ones likely to obey the proposed legislation, putting their lives at risk.
Furthermore, the Governor has no authority to implement 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 ban cannot be held up in court, due to the Governor's lack of authority.
Ironically, this proposal would not pertain to the Governor's security detail. He has no qualms about disarming others (including off-duty policemen), but he is not about to disarm his own bodyguards.
There have been no shootings in Virginia state agencies, but this proposal recklessly invites acts of terrorism by making them "gun free" zones. This proposal only 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 actions. Gun free zones have been notorious hot-spots for acts of hostility and terrorism.
This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation should be withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.