|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
Laws prohibiting carry of guns affect only those that obey laws. Violent criminals, radicals, terrorists and criminally insane individuals ignore and disregard such laws, like they do with every other law there is. The very moment a "gun free zone" is established, whether it affects a building, a city, a state or a country, such zone is automatically added to the list of preferred targets by those listed above. It presents all the advantages and no disadvantages for a successful attack, with the highest body-count possible. I certainly don't believe this could be the case here, but in other countries, politicians are known to have risked their own citizens in order to score political goals for their cause, knowing that emotional responses to catastrophes could be easily channeled toward goals impossible to achieve otherwise. Lets not do something that could be perceived that way, because in the event of an attack, which in light of current events throughout the world is likely, it could be interpreted as high treason. We have had no shootings in government agencies, and this measure only affects those citizens possessing a Concealed Handgun Permit, a select group of citizens whose statistic record on potential to become criminals is lower than that of Law Enforcement as a group.
Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer.
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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
I am sure the the interest that this issue has created among Virginians will surely justify the extension of the comment period for another 30 days, so please do so.