|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
The proposed regulation to permanently ban firearms will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane. Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. For instance, bans in rest stops would send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers. If parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between. Finally, this would affect off-duty police officers by preventing them from carrying.
This proposed regulation is a solution to a non-existing 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. More 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This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.