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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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12/15/15  6:26 am
Commenter: Kenneth R. van Wyk

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

 

Since 1950, all but two of the shooting massacres in this country have occurred in so-called "gun-free zones," and now the Governor wants to bring these killing zones to Virginia state buildings? That strikes me as crazy. Gun-free zones have consistently failed their stated intent with tragic effect, while providing the bad guys with precisely what they seek: a target rich environment of defenseless victims for the television news crews to zoom in on, thereby inflating their egos and notoriety.

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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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

 

 

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