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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
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Comment Period Ends 1/25/2017
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1/23/17  7:14 am
Commenter: Daniel L. Hawes, Esq.; Virginia Legal Defense

Prohibition of exercise of civil rights in state offices

The right to defend one's self is protected by the Constitutions of Virginia (Article one, section 13) and the U.S.; the governor lacks the authority to restrict that right.  Doing so is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1943, "violation of civil rights under color of state authority", and constitutes  malfeasance in office, for which there are both criminal and civil penalties.  Creation of a regulation in the absence of the authority to do so is a legal nullity.

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