|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. Making things worse is that off-duty police officers are also prevented from carrying and thereby implying that they are not trusted and the terrorist will know that only the uniformed law enforcement will be armed.
Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. Bans in rest stops send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of interstate travelers as well as make them criminals if they stop and are armed.
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. It will be expensive for the State to defend this regulation in court, a cost to beunnecessarily borne by State residents.
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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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.