|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ended on 1/27/2016|
Governor McAuliffe's executive order banning legal carry in state agency buildings is unconstitutional. This proposed regulation will play directly into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the anyone else that doesn't adhere to the rule of law. This proposition is insane and unconstitutional. There have been NO shootings in state agencies within the Commonwealth. This prohibition is without justification and will needlessly and recklessly endanger innocent lives across our state.
Disarming law abiding citizens will NOT not make the public safer.
The Governor needs to know that he has absolutely NO authority for this regulation. If the General Assembly wants the Governor to have such power, they would grant it to him explicitly, as is required by the constitution of Virginia.
This proposed regulation is a solution in search of a problem. All but two of the public massacres since 1950 have been committed in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates. This proposed regulation endangers ALL law abiding citizens in Virginia by making state buildings a safe zone for terrorists, criminals, and the criminally insane. In addition, banning the right to self-defense in the Commonwealth's rest stops will send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers--travelers who we rely on to support our robust tourism industry.
This regulation should NOT be approved. The emergency regulation should be withdrawn, as there is, simply, no "emergency" in the Commonwealth.
In addition, as it is quite clear from the number of comments on the Regulatory Town Hall, please be sure to extended the period for public comment for another 30 days, as required by law.