|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
To disarm law-abiding citizens in Government buildings is the peak of insanity. These facilities are targets for terrorism and making them a gun-free zone will NOT make them safer. It will simply leave defenseless the good law abiding citizens of the Commonwealth. The Governor needs to take real issues, not create fake ones. To date there have not been any attacks in VA Government Agencies, let's keep it that way by continuiing to allow law abiding conceaaled permit holders to carry their firearms in these facilities and be available to defend themselves and those around them in the event there is an attack on the facility or someone in it.
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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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.
Paul D Bishop