|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 effect 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. Quite the contrary, empirical evidence proves that Gun Free Zones attract those who wish to become mass shooters - it's a safe environment. For them. For thier intended victims, not so much.
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 actually endangers state employees, and law abiding citizens by making state buildings a safe zone for terrorists, criminals, and the criminally insane to conduct their evil and savage actions.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled several times that the police have no duty to protect an individual citizen from criminals. That being the case, lawfully armed citizens are the only defense not only of themselves, but of the Commonwealth employees this regulation purports to "protect." Thecost to keep armed law enforcement officers on duty ineach building/office/facility (how many ABC stores are there?) is so high as to be obviously unaffordable to the Commonwealth.
This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days so as to permit yourselves the opportunity to take a fully informed decision.