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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12/14/15  10:23 pm
Commenter: Joseph Goodin, Stafford, VA

Very bad proposed regulation
This proposed regulation will play directly into the hands of terrorists and will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into their hands, as well as those of violent criminals and the criminally insane. There have been 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. ? 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.? It paves the way for another incident like San Bernadino, CA. Other significant issues with this bad policy are:  * Off-duty police officers are also prevented from carrying * Bans in rest stops send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of, interstate travelers? * If parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between? ? This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.? Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.?
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