Hearing scheduled for McAuliffe’s building gun ban
The state department that oversees government buildings plans a public hearing next week on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s gun ban in executive branch offices.
This issue has been winding its way through the state’s regulatory amendment process since October of last year, when McAuliffe signed an executive order banning open carry in these offices. Dealing with concealed carry was going to take an actual regulatory process, as opposed to just the governor’s order, the administration said at the time.
An emergency regulation banning concealed carry took effect in December, but this process would replace that with a permanent regulation. Permanent, of course, unless a future governor has it repealed.
The Department of General Services is handling that, and plans a public hearing next Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the Pocahantas Building in Richmond. The address is 900 E. Main St. Seating is first come, first served and anyone who wants to speak must sign up at the event, DGS said in a news release.
Speakers will get 2 minutes each. No signs will be allowed, DGS said.
Documentation for the proposed regulation is available at the state’s “Town Hall” website, which tracks regulations as they are made and accepts public comment.
The hearing has the potential to be passionate and crowded, even in the middle of a work day. Gun rights supporters were incensed by McAuliffe’s move last year, which coincided with a handful of other executive actions on guns.
McAuliffe’s ban only covers buildings he controls. The state Capitol Building and the General Assembly building continue to allow people to carry firearms.
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