Gun advocates speak out against Virginia’s carry ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Several gun rights advocates are criticizing the Virginia governor’s move to ban concealed handguns in state-owned office buildings.

Advocates at a public hearing Wednesday in Richmond said Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order is making the state less safe and more vulnerable to a mass shooting.

McAuliffe issued an executive order last year banning the open carry and concealed carry of guns in most state-owned office buildings, saying the move was necessary to prevent gun-related violence.

Some gun control advocates commended McAuliffe’s move, but most speakers at Wednesday’s hearing opposed the measure.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, has been an outspoken advocate for tighter gun control measures, and is often in disagreement on gun issues with the GOP-controlled General Assembly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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