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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 Ends 1/27/2016
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12/22/15  1:22 pm
Commenter: Thomas Rooney

Do not deny my rights -- Your current and proposed policies are detrimental to public safety

The proposed ban on personal protection in state agency buildings is wrong - based on fundimental principles, based on the Constitution, and based on historical evidence, both in the U.S. and overseas.  If it is implemented, I will act accordingly.  

If you forbid me to protect myself, my employees or my family, I will simply avoid doing business in or traveling to Virginia.  

I operated a business in Virginia based on my own invention and did well enough to retire in my early 40's.  I am now getting bored and will probably start a new business in the next few years.  If I cannot protect myself, I simply will not do business in Virginia.  Most people have no idea what is involved doing business in any state - registration as a foreign entity, multiple types of tax accounts and tax returns, licenses, permits, and a significant amount of other government interaction.  If you, by your actions, assert my life is not worth protecting or I am not competent to participate in my own defense, I will simply not bother to do business in Virginia.  You will have eliminated some opportunities for me but I will still have better opportunities than to do  business in a state where I am not respected.  

Similarly, if you prohibit me from protecting myself and my family in your parks, rest stops and other public buildings, I will not travel to Virginia.  I have other options and I will not subject myself of my family to even a small additional risk due to the unjustified whim of a politician.  

Every government policy needs to (1) clearly identify the problem it is trying to solve, (2) clearly demonstrate how it corrects that problem, and (3) prove the unintended and unseen consequences are not worse than the demonstrated improvement of the original problem.  (1) Your current and proposed proposed policies solve no problem.  (a) Concealed carry permit holders and persons who lawfully open carry, from Virginia or from other states, are not the persons committing crimes.  (b) There is no crime problem in state buildings.  (2) Policies against self-defense have no effect on those willing to violate the laws against robbery, assault and murder.  (3) Both current data and the course of human history show that disarmed people are less safe than people in an armed free society.   

Do not claim anti-gun policies are needed to protect state workers.  You make them less safe by prohibiting them from participating in their own defense and preventing those who might be inclined to render aid form having the means to do so.

Your proposed policy is a bad idea.  It will only make me and many others less safe.  

Please act accordingly.  I will do the same.


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