|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
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. As the governor wishes to strip the ability for people to protect themselves in these environements, will he pay to increase security at these locations? Will the cost of providing additional security to protect everyone who has been disarmed by this regulation be passed on to the taxpayer? Or will no additonal security measures be put in place, leaving Virginian's defenseless, while the governor enjoys an armed security cadre wherever he goes?
This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.