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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  8:27 am
Commenter: Grant Peckham

Making Government Buildings Gun Free Zones Don't Make Virginians Safe

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.  This regulation will on encourage acts of violence at State Government facilities.  Not a good regulation as all but two of the public massacres since 1950 had been committed by criminals and terrorists in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates.

Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer.  Endangering citizens by implementing regulations that decreases the public's safety and security is not in the publics' interest.  Responsible government would see the unitended consequences of this erroneous regulation and remove it.

Furthermore, 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.  Upsurging laws in the name of public safety without a legal authority is dictatorial powers practiced in the recent past by rather unsavory characters who likewise seized civilian arms.  The ban won’t hold up in court, due to lack of authority by the Governor.  This is the Governor trying to promote a political agenda while endangering the publics' safety and security.

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.

If parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between.

This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.


CommentID: 43765