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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  8:46 am
Commenter: William Church

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

With the terrorist threats we now face in the US many Sheriffs throughout the US are encouraging law abiding citizens with concealed carry permits to carry their handgun for protection following the San Bernedino terrorist attack. The terrorists do not obey the laws of gun free zones yet the Governor is imposing a new set of gun free zones in Virginia, taking away the means of self defense from qualified law abiding citizens while giving the terrorist soft targets which is exactly what they are looking for to inflict maximum casualties. That IS NOT a Common Sense regulation, it makes NO Sense.

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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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

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