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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  7:26 am
Commenter: William Wise

Reckless Idea - Endangers Law Abiding Virginia Citizens - Request 30 Day Extension of Comment Period

This is an extremely reckless idea - in search of a problem - implemented solely to support an anti-gun agenda.

Recent events have confirmed that those who are intent on killing or maiming others will invariably turn "Gun Free Zones"  into "KILLING FIELDS".  How many times does this have to happen for legislators to wake up?  The Governor's "Executive Order" does nothing to stop more killings - but it does stop law abiding citizens from protecting themselvers, their families, and their co-workers from 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. 

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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

I request that you extend the comment period for this Regulatory Action an additional 30 days.

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