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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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12/17/15  8:34 am
Commenter: Bob Kennedy

Regulation dangerous to public safety; extend the comment period

This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended effect.

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.

Even off-duty police officers are also prevented from carrying their sidearm. 

I don't believe in the tooth fairy. And anybody who believes Gun Free Zones actually work is engaging in wishful thinking. A criminal who is on the way to commit several hundred felonies, up to and including mass murder, and they are going to refrain because there is a *sign*?! 

Disarming good citizens -- the only ones who will obey the prohibition -- does not make them safer. Rather, terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane select "soft" targets to conduct their murderous slaughter attacks. 

All but two of the public massacres since 1950 were committed by criminals and terrorists in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates

Nothing represents wishful thinking in the face of evidence like so-called gun-free zones. The intent behind the idea of gun-free zones is simple and noble: what better way to prevent gun violence than by banning guns?

Unfortunately, the reality of human nature tends to stomp all over those good intentions. Time and again, deadly mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. Why? Because the evil mind intent on wreaking havoc wants nothing more than the ability to do so without getting shot back. What better place to go than a gun-free zone?

The sad fact of the matter is that gun-free zones are anything but.

The Oregon shooting happened in a gun-free zone. The Lafayette movie theater shooting happened in a gun-free zone. The Chattanooga shootings happened in gun-free zones. The Ft. Hood massacre even happened in a gun-free zone, believe it or not.

Gun-free zones may be backed by pure intentions, but the reality is that they just end up being soft targets for evil killers hellbent on destruction.

There were four mass killing attempts the week of December 12, 2012. Only one made the news because it helped the media narrative.

    •  Oregon. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter confronted by permit holder. Shooter commits suicide. Only a few casualties.

    •  Texas. NOT a gun free zone. Shooter killed immediately by off duty cop. Only a few casualties.

    •  Connecticut. GUN FREE ZONE. Shooters kills until the police arrive. Suicide. 26 dead.

    •  China. GUN FREE COUNTRY. A guy with a KNIFE stabs 22 children.

This proposed regulation endangers state employees, law abiding citizens, and the innocent by making state buildings a defenseless 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 extend the comment period for another 30 days.

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