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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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12/22/15  4:39 pm
Commenter: Steve Flowers

From a Virginia Citizen - I am opposed to this ill-conceived regulation

Please extend the comment period by 30 days.

Creating impediments so law abiding citizens have difficulty when exercising their Second Amendment rights probably seems like a good idea ... especially given the public outcry that 'something needs to be done' to address terrorism and mass shootings in our country. However, let's be very clear: such reactions pandering to media-frenzy have been less than successful and, in fact, are actually counterproductive with the respect to the end goal. I have raised four children in the Commonwealth and have always respected the law and tried to set a good example for others.  For instance, while out and about with my family I avoid visiting places where I am prohibited from exercising my right to carry concealed. The practical upshot of this is that I have removed myself and my family from those situations where criminals and/or terrorists know they have an easy target since folks are not able to defend themselves and their families. I know I haven't eliminated all such risks, but for those situations where I can control this variable, I have done so.

Please do not reduce my ability to continue to exercise my constitutionally guaranteed right to self protection and the free exercise thereof.  This type of knee-jerk reaction to tragedies can be summed up with an oft-used phrase that's true and cannot be gainsaid with any fact-based data: Disarming honest, law abiding citizens won't stop criminals and terrorists from killing and murdering.

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