Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of General Services
Department of General Services
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 Ended on 1/27/2016
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12/30/15  5:48 pm
Commenter: Lynn Hertrick Leavitt, Ph.D.

Do not make Government Buildings soft targets

This proposed regulation is a solution for which there is no problem.  It will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane.  We've 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 endangers innocent lives.

Disarming good citizens (who are the ones most likely likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer.

Most 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This regulation should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

CommentID: 48715