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Virginia Beach employee starts petition to get rid of gun-free zone after mass shooting

Virginia Beach employee starts petition to get rid of gun-free zone after mass shooting

AUTHOR: Kristy Muir

Friday, August 16, 2019

A successful pro-gun legislation in the midst of the recent gun ban talk would be a huge win for firearm enthusiasts. Americans are on the verge of realizing, or already knew,  gun free zones do not work. Our report we brought you earlier this month showed 90% of mass shootings are happening inside gun free zones. We need to capitalize on the moment and use this momentum for our advantage. If someone gets hurt on your property, you can be held financially responsible correct? What makes gun free zones any different? I asked to myself.

In May 2019, a lawyer for a victim in the Virginia Beach shooting revealed Kate Nixon had considered conceal carrying her licensed gun to work because she feared the gunman, but decided against it because she worked in a gun-free zone building.  Inside the very same city building that left 12 people dead, a city employee has now started a petition to allow licensed workers to conceal carry firearms during work.

Ending gun free zone petition video… Video also available here: http://bit.ly/2z2QUdF

“In the wake of recent tragic events, it has become abundantly apparent that this employee weapons possession ban must end. Time and again we have tragically witnessed that gun-free zones are in fact some of the most dangerous and vulnerable places in America,” the petition reads. “We are petitioning to allow our properly permitted City personnel to have the right to bear arms and defend themselves while at work. Such arms will be required to remain concealed.” said Vincent Smith, the petitions creator.

This is not the first petition started by Vincent Smith, an engineer who is also an evacuation manager for the building where the shooting took place. 

“About four years ago, I recognized there were some gaps in our evacuation plans and in our securities, and so I tried to get them addressed,” Smith says. “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm if they were qualified,” he said. “Instead, people were forced — like I am every day — to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”

Smith said if he had pushed for change the first time, then the outcome of the shooting that occurred could have been different.

“I don’t propose that every employee with a concealed permit be able to carry it at work. I see a program where employees are vetted through background checks, psychological screening on a regular basis,” Smith  explained.

His petition can be found here: https://www.change.org/p/virginia-beach-city-council-allow-employees-of-virginia-beach-to-defend-their-lives-during-workplace-violence

Gun free zones are enacted per property manager so thus we purpose making “gun free zones” financially liable for bystanders safety IF gun injuries occur inside their gun free zone. They want to remove your right to protect yourself then it’s only right they be responsible for your safety? We can all agree that a successful pro-gun legislation in the midst of the recent gun ban talk would be a huge win for firearm enthusiasts. We as a company want to lobby to law makers to have the gun free zone property managers to be financially liable for any firearm injuries that occur on said  property. Tell us what you think by sharing this article and tagging us. 

We want to help make sure 100% of gun free zone property owners financially liable for gun injuries sustained inside their gun free zones. You can help every step of the way. Share this article with your friends and visit the petition page and sign today located here: http://bit.ly/31Vs8sH.