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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12/15/15  5:10 am
Commenter: William Heipp, private citizen

Creation of Soft Target, Gun Free Killing Zones - A Bad Idea

Terrorists and mass killers have demonstrated a history of planning and doing recon of their targets. They have shown keen awareness of soft targets vs. those targets where they may be opposed. The proposed regulation will create numerous sweet zones for those intent on evil. It will deprive citizens of their ability to provide self-defense.

There is no history of shootings in our state agencies, and this prohibition for those with a concealed handgun permit and even off duty police officers, is without any justification. It creates a problem that doesn’t now exist. It needlessly endangers innocent lives.

Disarming good citizens (who are the only ones likely to obey the prohibition) does not make them safer. Our police and law enforcement agencies are overwhelmed. They seldom prevent crime. They too often reach the scene after the damage is done, and then they are taxed with the tremendous job of documenting the crime and developing information to prove a court case.

These regulations have a greater intent. They are intended to create another obstacle for the legal carry by law-abiding citizens. Citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between because of where their daily activity takes them.

Governor has no authority for this regulation.  He is acting for his personal political convenience. If the General Assembly wanted the Governor to have such power, they would have granted it to him explicitly, as is required constitutionally.

These regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

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