|Action||Promulgation of new regulation banning concealed firearms in executive branch agency offices|
|Comment Period||Ends 1/27/2016|
As a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holder I find this proposed regulation is trying to solve a non-problem. Virginia has had no shootings in state agencies and this prohibition on those with a concealed handgun permit is entirely without any justification and needlessly and recklessly endangers innocent lives. Disarming CHP holder who have gone through the extra scrutiny in order to carry concealed will not make state buildings safer. It will however 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 is proven by the fact that all but two of the public massacres since 1950 had been committed by criminals and terrorists in “gun-free zones,” which is exactly what this regulation creates. This regulation also has the consequence of harassing CHP holders where parking lots are included in the ban, then citizens will be disarmed to and from their residences and everywhere in between. Also including rest stops send a very uninviting message to, and endanger the lives of both state and interstate travelers. Finally, 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This regulations should not be approved and the emergency regulation withdrawn.
Please extended the comment period for another 30 days.