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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  4:41 pm
Commenter: Phillip R Goodman

What isn't broken should not be fixed. DO NOT make VA State buildings "Gun Free Zones"
 

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.

For example:

  • Banning guns at rest stops will make these typically secluded and dark areas ripe hunting grounds for predators (of the 2 legged variety).
  • If parking lots of State buildings are involved, then you effectively disarm your citizens to and from thier residents thus putting them in potential danger from predators (of the 2 legged variety)
  • Off-duty police are prohibited from carrying which is a farce on its face.
  • Finally and most importantly, 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. You are breaking a system that is fixed and working. Don't fix what isn't broken. 


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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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

CommentID: 44416