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: Christopher Martin

Government buildings are targets of terrorism, why make it easier for terrorists to succeed?

This proposed regulation will have the opposite of the intended affect by playing into the hands of terrorists, violent criminals, and the criminally insane. We have 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 and recklessly endangers innocent lives.

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

This regulation will not make my family safer, it will disarm us. If this is a safety issue, it does the opposite of what it intends. This also affects our travel across the state. Due to medical issues, we have to stop at rest areas when travelling on the higways. A ban in rest areas will be problematic. This regulation disarms even off-duty police, retired police and military personel. It disarms all the wrong people for all the wrong reasons. It will not stop terrorists or criminals and it will leave innocent people in danger. It's utterly illogical. Stop this regulation from endangering Virginia citizens and empowering criminals and terrorists. Virginia has come a long way to improve gun rights and we have become safer for it. Crime rates have dropped since we opened up concealed carry. Why go backwards and become less safe?

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.

This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.

Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.

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