|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
This proposeded regulation has the stated intent of making state agencies and buildings safer for everyone, when it has been demonstrated over and over again that "gun free zones" do not in fact make any place safer for anyone but those who would ignore the law anyway. There have been no shooting in state agencies therefore it makes little sense to me to phrohibit law abiding citizens from exercising their rights under the Virginia and United States Constitution out of fear that something "might happen." Not that a "gun ban" would stop a terrorist, criminal, or insane person from acting in the first place.
Just as importantly, I don't believe the Governor has the authority to do this. The Legislature has clearly spoken on this matter, and if they had wanted to give the Governor that authority, they would have done so, as the Virginia Constitution requires.
This regulation should not be approved, and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extend the comment period for another 30 days.