|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
Do not make a temporary state agency gun ban permanent. Law-abiding firearms owners do not commit mass murders. Paris, San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Blacksburg, and the aborted attempt aboard the train from Brussels to Paris: these acts are caused by terrorists, criminals, or those who are mentally disturbed. This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into their hands. 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. More people are killed by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Yet we don't ban cars. We strengthen the laws to hold those drivers accountable.
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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.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.
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