|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. Historically, Virginia has not experienced shootings in state agencies and this prohibition on those with a concealed handgun permit is without justification; it needlessly and recklessly endangers innocent lives.
Disarming law abiding citizens (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 malicious actions.
This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation should be withdrawn immediately.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.