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Regulations Banning Concealed Firearms in Offices Occupied by Executive Branch Agencies [1 VAC 30 ‑ 105]
Action Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices
Stage Emergency/NOIRA
Comment Period Ends 1/27/2016
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12/14/15  9:14 am
Commenter: Aaron Stevenson

Concealed carry prohibition unwarranted, as is "emergency" regulation
 

I'm disappointed that this administration has decided to implement an ineffective solution to a nonexistent problem. I'm troubled by the weak citations given as authorizing this action. But I'm utterly ashamed that my leaders are deliberately excluding the public. The reason for ramming this regulation through the "emergency" process is that you know what we're going to say, and you don't want to hear it. Shame on you, and shame on us if we stand idly by.

CommentID: 43006
 

12/14/15  11:35 am
Commenter: Deborah Basore

typical Overreach
 
Yet another overreach by those who are appointed and are supposed to represent the PEOPLE of the state, not their own personal agenda and vendetta. Keeping this from the public by pushing it through in an "Emergency" stipulation should wake up every Virginian in the state. Shame on each of you in office that pushed this through without allowing the public to know. Typical.
CommentID: 43012
 

12/14/15  2:31 pm
Commenter: Shawn Riddle, VDOT

This is NOT a good idea
 

I understand and have obeyed the policy of VDOT regarding the carrying of firearms on state property and during state duty since the first day I have been employed at VDOT. Although I do not agree with it, i have strictly obeyed it and will continue to. This executive order is going to get people killed. Why are we hanging up huge signs ADVERTISING that EVERYONE inside is unarmed and helpless? What is the point? Does anyone think that hanging a sign is going to dissuade anyone from committing a violent act? No, it will only embolden the ones seeking to do harm. This has created a dangerous and unsafe work environment advertising our defenselessness. This in NO WAY increases safety or security, in fact it does the opposite. Its akin to hanging a sign on the outer door of a bar stating "FREE BEER, BUT ONLY IF YOU BRING IN YOUR OWN GLASS". I was never nervous or felt unsafe going to work for VDOT, but from now on i will be nervous every time i enter an office with this sign advertising we are ready to be shot. I intend to file an official protest through channels regarding these signs and this policy for that matter.

CommentID: 43016
 

12/14/15  2:51 pm
Commenter: Ti,othy Walker

You're protected...what about me?
 

EO 50 is an overreaching, unnecessary abuse of power. While I have alternatives to private businesses that choose to be soft targets, I have no alternatives when doing business with the state. It's easy to prohibit this from others while the governor enjoys armed protection. Who will protect me? Also, I notice that law enforcement officers are exempt. Who has a better chance of being convicted of a violent crime, a police officer or a CHP holder?

Do your own homework, you'll be surprised.

It's safe to say that more governors have been convicted of crimes this year than I have.

CommentID: 43017
 

12/14/15  2:57 pm
Commenter: Paul Moog

Bad for taxpayers & Public safety
 

The Governors political grand standing is creating new "gun free zones" or rather "law-abiding citizen disarmament" zones.  As we've seen these "no guns" zones only make it safer for spree killers and robbers.

How much is this political theater costing the taxpapers?  Figure in the printing costs, the shipping costs, the time spent writing memos & postring signs. I estimate it will cost at least $50-100K.

Hopefully the GA assembly will address this stupidity with legislation. 

 

 

 

 

 

CommentID: 43018
 

12/14/15  5:13 pm
Commenter: G. Stell

How is the State going to provide security inside the buildings and the parking lots?
 

CommentID: 43022
 

12/14/15  7:11 pm
Commenter: Philip Van Cleave, Virginia Citizens Defense League

This regulation is dangerous to the safety of employees and citizens alike
 

This proposed regulation is ill conceived and plays into the hands of terrorists and active shooters, alike.  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.  

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.

There wasn’t a problem and now we are fixing it?  This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

CommentID: 43025
 

12/14/15  7:30 pm
Commenter: Alan Rose

NO
 

Emerging research has discovered that gun crime is on the decline except in one place. That one place where gun violence is on the rise, is GUN FREE ZONES. Research by Perdue University has proven that armed citizens are the BEST CHANCE to stop an active shooter. The propsed regulation's consequence will be to put employees and citizens into a dangerous and high risk environment, all to serve a failed political purpose.

CommentID: 43026
 

12/14/15  8:12 pm
Commenter: D.J. O'Connor

Disarming Americans puts us at risk
 

It is utterly foolish to think Americans are safer disarmed.  It is also hypocritical for a Governor, with plenty of armed protection, to disallow citiizens the same right to sellf-preservation.  Turning areas where there has been NO past problems with massacres  into victim disarment zones where such mayhem is now invited by disarming potential victims is also irresponsible.  This proposal should be withdrawn.

CommentID: 43027
 

12/14/15  8:47 pm
Commenter: Rodney jones

Gun sign.
 

way to advertise to the bad guys. Come on in. We are all unarmed. Lol. I just don't get it.

CommentID: 43028
 

12/14/15  9:25 pm
Commenter: Michele Harris

NO!
 

A right not exercised is a right lost.

CommentID: 43029
 

12/14/15  9:44 pm
Commenter: G Szalkowski

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 

This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

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.

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.

 

CommentID: 43030
 

12/14/15  9:47 pm
Commenter: Chris Keener

Why deny Virginia citizens right to self-defense?
 

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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43031
 

12/14/15  9:48 pm
Commenter: Mike Hawkins

Why deny Virginia citizens the right to self defense?
 

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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43032
 

12/14/15  9:49 pm
Commenter: Luther Guise

No gun ban.
 

 No gun ban. 

CommentID: 43033
 

12/14/15  9:49 pm
Commenter: John Matthews

No right.
 

You are protected what about other people without a personal protection detail?  You do not have the right to decide for me and my family. 

CommentID: 43034
 

12/14/15  9:49 pm
Commenter: Kent WIllyard

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 

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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43035
 

12/14/15  9:49 pm
Commenter: Brendan

I Am a Victim of Gun Violence
 

I am a victim of gun violence.

 

It hurts me to my soul that I have seen the violence that ensues with gun violence.

 

I was in Southcenter Mall, just south of Seattle Washington, when the shots rang out.

 

I was selling cosmetics at a kiosk during a brisk November day in 2008 just before our beloved Black Friday. I was showing a single mother and her older son some products when I started hearing shrieking of people and a mass of movement coming right at me. Then I heard the gun fire, bullets whizzing into dry wall, bones, flesh and lives.

 

As the wall of terrified shoppers came at me during that frightful day, still etched into my mind as if I was on a battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan, I attempted to quell the mass from trampling people. I then walked quickly to another store and hid with my cell phone calling my parents and girlfriend to let them know that it may be my last time calling. I could hear the police coming in the distance.

 

Two bodies lay in the middle of the mall, a 16 year old boy dead and 15 year old boy wounded. I later found a woman who was trampled in front of my kiosk I was standing at mere minutes earlier during that peaceful day.

 

When those shots rang out, do you want to know what my first thoughts were?

 

I do not have a gun to protect myself with. I am unarmed, a sitting duck, praying for the police to show up quicker rather than later and that gun-free zones do not work.

 

I never wanted to feel like that again in my life.

 

 Since the age of 21, I have carried a pistol on my person. Period. How could this shooting happen in a gun-free zone?

I simply do not understand the way the governor thinks that creating “gun-free” zones in certain Virginia buildings will stop a single shooter, who is determined on killing, from spelling out his evil upon our great republic. Does the governor not read the intelligence reports from the FBI, CIA, DEA or his own state police?

I am a citizen of this great state and certainly understand the deadly game he is playing with these policies. After San Bernardino, Paris, Sandy Hook and multitude of other failed gun-free zones, are you willing, as Governor, to play with the lives of our great republic with ill-sighted policies?

Are you willing to stand up with pride and say after an attack where 14 people massacred, with IED’s and pipebombs built and ready to use, and the attackers having been terrorists, to say that “Yes, I am proud that INSERT BUILDING HERE was gun free and I will tell those families that I will make more buildings just as gun/bomb free as they were in San Bernardino”?

Or

Are you going to take the side of the Republic and the constitution and allow more citizens to carry a weapon where at least, they would have a fighting chance rather than cowering in a t-shirt store in the mall holding a cell phone telling my family that I love them and I may not see them again.

Your choice Governor.

CommentID: 43036
 

12/14/15  9:49 pm
Commenter: T Glaab

Why should I spend my money in Virginia?
 

Disarming law-abiding citizens and visitors does not make Virginia attractive to visitors. Before South Carolina allowed concealed weapons permit holders to carry in interstate rest areas, it had to shut several down due to crime. Since allowing CWP carry, crime has not been an issue.

If Virginia will not allow CWP holders the same freedom as the Carolinas do, there is little incentive for me to spend my time or money in Virginia.

 

CommentID: 43037
 

12/14/15  9:50 pm
Commenter: Evan B. smith

Gun Free Zones a Free Killing Zones!
 
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. Do you realize:
* All but two of the public massacres since 1950 had been committed by criminals and terrorists in gun-free zones,쳌 which is exactly what this regulation creates
* Bans in rest stops send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers
* The cost of providing additional security to protect everyone who has been disarmed by this regulation will be prohibitive
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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.



CommentID: 43038
 

12/14/15  9:50 pm
Commenter: David Mazanec

This regulation is dangerous to public safety and other living things.
 

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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43039
 

12/14/15  9:51 pm
Commenter: Roland Corbett

Violation of the rights of the people
 
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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.
CommentID: 43040
 

12/14/15  9:51 pm
Commenter: Mike McMaken

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 

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. 

Every mass shooting has occured in a Gun Free Zone, and even police are forbidden from being armed. How does this make any sense?

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43041
 

12/14/15  9:51 pm
Commenter: Tyler Minamyer

This Ban Reduces Safety
 

Gun free zones are targets for those who wish to do harm to others. Let employees & citizens protect themselves. Only honest people will respect the law and it is those who are put at risk.

Please extend the comment period an additional 30 days.

CommentID: 43042
 

12/14/15  9:52 pm
Commenter: Cary Nunnally, Citizens for Constitutional Government

Our God given right to self defense
 

Shall not be infringed, according to our Amrican law. Any local, state or federal givenrmnt that tries to take our right to defend ourelves, our family, loved ones or property from attack is teling us they care nothing for us, and that they want only to subdue us. We will never surrender our God given rights.

CommentID: 43043
 

12/14/15  9:53 pm
Commenter: Tyler Y

This is just dangerous and outright foolish.
 

Making Virginia Tech a 'gun free zone' did nothing to stop hat happened back in 2007. Why would making the DMV and other state offices one suffer any different fate?

A person bent on causing harm will not stop because a law or sign is in their way, at least give those inside a chance to protect themselves.

CommentID: 43044
 

12/14/15  9:53 pm
Commenter: Hal Thompson

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 

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.  Virtually all of the "mass" shootings that have occured in the past 40 years have been in "gun free" zones.  The law abiding are diesarmed and the crimainals, true to their nature violate the law and kill with impunity.

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

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CommentID: 43045
 

12/14/15  9:53 pm
Commenter: Dana Smith

State Agency Gun Ban
 

"Gunfree" state agencies mean we can now expect mass shootings at these places. NO!

CommentID: 43046
 

12/14/15  9:54 pm
Commenter: Daryl Booth

You have no right to keep me from defending my family.
 

Tell your body guards to get rid of their guns first. See what it feels like to be looking over your shoulder every second with no one guarding you with a firearm. That is exactly what you will be doing to us. Honest, law abiding citizens with the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Innocent victims blood will be on your hands Governor.

CommentID: 43047
 

12/14/15  9:54 pm
Commenter: Jack Gallant

Governor's Gun Ban - Why deny Virginia citizens 2nd Amendment right for self defense?
 

 

 

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. 

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 for the following reasons.

* All but two of the public massacres since 1950 had been committed by criminals and terrorists in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates
* Off-duty police officers are also prevented from carrying
* Bans in rest stops send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers
* The cost of providing additional security to protect everyone who has been disarmed by this regulation will be prohibitive
* The ban won’t hold up in court, due to lack of authority by the Governor
* If parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between.

And finally, when seconds count, cops are only minutes away.

Please extend the comment period for an additional 30 days.

CommentID: 43048
 

12/14/15  9:54 pm
Commenter: Ashton Smith

Ban on guns
 

The governor's ban on guns in state buildings is a bad idea. Citizens should be permitted to protect themselves, particularly in these dangerous times. For those of us who have taken the time to get training and are licensed to carry concealed weapons it is advantageous to all citizens that we be allowed to protect ourselves and people we love. Terrorists and others usually attack in gun free zones. This policy should be changed.

CommentID: 43049
 

12/14/15  9:54 pm
Commenter: Derek Watson

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 

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. 

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.pe over this text and enter your comments here. You are limited to approximately 3000 words.

CommentID: 43050
 

12/14/15  9:54 pm
Commenter: Dennis Moses

Why deny Virginia citizens right to self-defense?
 

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.

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

Dennis Moses

CommentID: 43051
 

12/14/15  9:54 pm
Commenter: Matthew J Morris

Why Deny Virginia Citizens The Right To Self Defense
 

 

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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

 

 

CommentID: 43052
 

12/14/15  9:55 pm
Commenter: Brad Burnette, Integrated Krav Maga Association

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 
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. 
 
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.

As a self defense expert with over 20 years experience teaching civilians and law enforcement, legislation such as this only creates more victims and areas in which criminals have free reign.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.
CommentID: 43054
 

12/14/15  9:55 pm
Commenter: Spencer J Roper

“This regulation is dangerous to public safety,”
 

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.

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

Sincerely , Spencer J Roper, Virginia Beach VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CommentID: 43055
 

12/14/15  9:55 pm
Commenter: Jason Kruse

Disarming me obligates you to protect me . . how will you provide armed protection for me?
 

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.

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43056
 

12/14/15  9:56 pm
Commenter: Greg Letiecq

This gun ban is nonsense
 

No amount of "banning" firearms in public buildings will make anyone safer.  In fact, evidence suggests that these "gun free zones" actually attract violent crime, putting government employees and the public at greater risk.  There is no evidence to suggest that lawfully carried firearms in Virginia's public buildings pose any danger at all, and a considerable body of evidence that this will increase the risk of harm.

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. 

The Governor has no legal 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, and they have chosen not to do so.  This is a matter that should be taken up with them, subjected to open debate, and recorded with a vote of those two bodies.

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. 

CommentID: 43057
 

12/14/15  9:56 pm
Commenter: Chip seay

This regulation is dangerous to public safety
 

 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.

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.  

CommentID: 43058
 

12/14/15  9:56 pm
Commenter: Lewis Pugh, private citizen

Government buildings are targets of terrorism, why make it easier for terrorists to succeed?
 

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.

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.
 

CommentID: 43059
 

12/14/15  9:56 pm
Commenter: C W

No to the gun ban
 

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.
 

CommentID: 43060
 

12/14/15  9:57 pm
Commenter: Kenneth Talbott

Please do not create more gun-free targets for zealots
 

Disarming individuals whom the Legislature has found qualified and responsible deprives law-abiding citizens of their natural and constitutional right to defend themselves and their loved ones.  This regulatory action creates more soft targets in which the deranged can wreak havoc.  The motivation for such irresponsible regulation is simply to make anti-2nd Amendment extremists feel like they are doing something to advance their misguided objectives. In reality such actions punish and place at risk the lives of lawful citizens.

CommentID: 43061
 

12/14/15  9:57 pm
Commenter: Mark

Just another solution in search of a problem
 

This will not make anyone safer and could make everyone less safe!

CommentID: 43062
 

12/14/15  9:57 pm
Commenter: Patrick Latimer

We are creating more 'Gun Free Zones.
 

These appear to be the most dangerous place for law abiding citizens.  This is truely a bad idea.  Have all the Mass Shootings which predominately take places where lawful citizens are disarmed not taught us anything?

CommentID: 43063
 

12/14/15  9:57 pm
Commenter: Kip Roberts

Rights
 
Legally armed citizens should have the ability to defend themselves wherever they need to go.
CommentID: 43064
 

12/14/15  9:58 pm
Commenter: William M Haskins Jr

This regulation is dangerous to public safety,
 

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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

 

CommentID: 43065
 

12/14/15  9:58 pm
Commenter: David Klaus

Simply Creates More "Murder-Enhanced" Zones
 

This is both unconstitutional and simply WRONG.  This governor has, once again, subverted the will of the people of Virginia by forcing this ban.  His premise is patently false to everyone except the mentally deficient: removal of an armed citizenry does NOT in any sense create a "gun free zone." By definition, when a murderer carries a gun into such an area it is is no longer "gun free," is it!  In pursuit of his ideological goals this governor has, once again, endangered the citizens of Virginia.  This must stop immediately.

CommentID: 43066
 

12/14/15  9:58 pm
Commenter: Mike Breakall

This Regulation Is Dangerou
 

Criminals, by nature, do not follow laws; law-abiding citizens, by nature, do. This regulation will do only one thing, disarm law-abiding citizens that could otherwise be in a position to protect themselves and others from violent criminals. This regulation will not disarm a single person intent on doing harm. Any law that creates a Gun-Free Zone is a bad one. Gun-Free Zones are prime targets for those intent on doing harm. 

CommentID: 43067
 

12/14/15  9:58 pm
Commenter: Geofrey Branco

This regulation is dangerous to public safety, denies Virginia citizens right to self-defense
 


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. 

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.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43068
 

12/14/15  9:58 pm
Commenter: Kyle Cain

This proposed regulation is terrible for law-abiding people
 

This regulation is good only for criminals and terrorists.  It removes all the good guys with guns (and there are a lot of us.)  There have been no shootings in state agencies, probably in part because they are not gun free.  Taking guns away from the good guys makes state agencies more dangerous for everyone.

This ban by executive order bypasses the legislature, and that's just wrong.  He should not have the power to subvert the Second Amendment.

This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.  Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Kyle Cain

 

CommentID: 43069