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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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.
I have been a police officer in Virginia for almost 20 years and have been shooting for over 40. As I said before, honest citizens are the only ones that will obey the laws. Criminals by their very nature will not. We as police officers can't be Johnny on the Spot all the time. We woukd like to be but can't. A person armed with a firearm or even a knife or machete can kill or injure many citizens before we can get there. It is as important now as it was 200+ years ago for private citizens to take a hand in their own protection along with that of their community and their country. What you are essential doing with this is disarming off duty police officers, experienced military and ex military personnel, and well trained civilians from doing just that. Basically, you are giving the evil of the world exactly what it wants. Please reconsider this action for the good of the Commonwealth and it's citizens.