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Department of General Services
 
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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  7:56 am
Commenter: David Kerr

This is a dangerous regulation
 

This proposed regulation will have dangerous unintended consequences by playing into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane.  There haven't been any shootings in state agencies and this prohibition is entirely without any justification and needlessly and recklessly endangers innocent lives. 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.

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.

Additionally:

* Off-duty police officers are prevented from carrying
* Bans in rest stops send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers
* The ban won’t hold up in court, due to lack of authority by the Governor

This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

CommentID: 43705