|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
I strongly and respectfully urge you to reconsider the CHP ban in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I routinely work in SWVA, and have found the majority of folks there to be friendly, polite, and respectful, hard working people. I have no desire to openly carry a weapon when I meet with these folks.
On the other hand, I recently encountered a situation where I was highly suspiscious and uncomfortable, and transitioning from a concealed carry to open carry immediately changed the behavior that was making me concerned for my own safety. Lucky for me, I was still standing at the door of my truck and was able to get to a holstered weapon. To add to my concern, cell phones don't work in the mountains, so if a situation deteriorates, there's no way I could call for help. Even if I could get a signal, LEO might be 45 minutes away. What am I to do? Bleed? Hope?
I am no Charles Bronson. The LAST thing I want to do is pull and discharge my weapon. And I assure you, if it leaves the holster, I have used up all my "people skills" and am in fear for my life and safety. Again, LEO is easily 30-45 away where I typically work.
Why on earth would you disregard the law abiding citizen's rights - who have made a clear and concious effort to be law abiding in their home state, and who trusted the Commonwealth to recognize and honor their legally recognized priviledge to carry a weapon concealed for their own safety? Can you point to one, two, ten cases that demonstrate how recognizing a CHP from a neighboring state has endangered the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Isn't murder already illegal in Virginia too? What about assault and battery? Armed or strong arm robbery? Aren't those laws already on the books? I don't carry concealed to show off or raise my Testosterone level. I carry concealed because there are bad people in the world who choose not to recognize the rules and laws of a civilized society. Besides, a police officer is too heavy to carry around in my pocket.