'Gun Free Zone' Stopped Mass Shooting Victim From Having Gun For Self Defense

Virginia Beach shooting victim Kate Nixon would have been armed if city policy didn't prohibit it.

Virginia Beach, VA – One of the victims of the shooting rampage at the Virginia Beach municipal building would have been armed to protect herself if the city hadn’t banned city employees from carrying weapons at work.

Kate Nixon, one of the 12 people who were murdered by a disgruntled city employee on May 31, had told her husband she wanted to bring a gun to work for self defense, FOX News reported.

“Kate expressed to her husband concerns about this individual in particular, as well as one other person,” Kevin Martingayle, an attorney for the Nixon family attorney, told WHRV.

“In fact, they had a discussion the night before about whether or not she should take a pistol and hide it in her handbag - and decided not to, ultimately, because there's a policy apparently against having any kind of weapons that are concealed in the building," the attorney said.

City of Virginia Beach employees are prohibited from carrying “any weapon” to work unless expressly authorized by a supervisor, FOX News reported.

"The prohibition against possession of a weapon applies even if a member has a permit to carry a concealed weapon,” the city’s policy reads.

"Employees who violate this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal," the policy also says.

That means that even if an employee isn’t breaking the law by carrying a weapon, that person would be subject to termination for violating the rules of their employer, according to FOX News.

Some members of the city council have considered changing the policy to make it illegal for employees to carry weapons at work, but that would be in conflict with state law.

Cities in Virginia aren’t allowed to make it illegal for licensed permit holders to carry, FOX News reported.

A policy like that would require the city to ask the state for permission to impose a legal penalty for such an action.

"There is an item on next week’s City Council meeting for the Council to discuss a resolution to support a bill to allow localities to prohibit the carrying of firearms in governmental buildings," Julie Hill, Director of the Communications Office at Virginia Beach, told FOX News.

But Martingayle said Nixon’s family is focused on figuring out how their loved one’s death could have been prevented.

“We've heard a lot of information out there suggesting there were a lot of concerns about the shooter well before this happened," he told WHRV. "We need to know more about that. An outside investigation is the perfect vehicle to get to the truth. That's it. This is a search for truth by a grieving family."

Nixon is survived by her husband and three young daughters. She was also popular in her community, FOX News reported.

“She was president of her civic league, she was involved with the swim team... she would have been celebrating her 20th Anniversary next month,” Martingayle said.

Gun rights advocates have said that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“A so-called ‘gun free zone’ does not make people safer, because the only person who’ll have a gun is the person who violates the policy... it’s really a ‘Victim Disarmament Zone’,” Second Amendment Foundation President Alan Gottlieb told FOX News.

Gottleib said that his organization has heard from lots of frustrated public employees who want to be able to defend themselves if something happens in the workplace.

“I get a lot crossing my desk of employees who work in state or city governments who are upset that they can't bring a gun to work to protect themselves and want to know if their rights are being violated," he said. "They contact the Second Amendment Foundation all the time.”

Gottleib said it took a few weeks for Nixon’s story to come out because of the anti-gun bias in the media, FOX News reported.

“Nobody in the media picked up on that," he said, "And quite honestly I would have to assume that’s agenda driven - a lot of people in the media believe that, you know, firearms are evil, so they wouldn't report on the fact that somebody wanted to have a firearm to protect themselves."

Comments (37)
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trainbuff
trainbuff

There is no such thing in my life as a "Gun Free Zone ". I've never learned how to read sign language!

If someone goes into a place like this and kills people, sue their asses off! Maybe then it will wake them up to the reality of violence in the workplace.

RPG156
RPG156

The title of this article is America's wakeup call to the lethargic left that believes legally-armed God-fearing conservatives are a greater threat to them than criminals and terrorists.

RPG156
RPG156

There is a reason why non-suicidal people don't attack police stations...

NomonK
NomonK

Gun Free Zones are backdoor legal protections for themselves only. It is a way of saying "all I care about is my ass, you don't matter".

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If all the employees at this place had been regularly carrying then she would have been dead years ago, I think. That may be speculation, but it is no more speculative than the idea that a firearm would have saved her life at the recent shooting.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"Gun Free Zones" create a "Fish in a Barrel" situation for people on a rampage. Most of the time they are mandatory because insurance companies mandate them in their policies. They don't want to be responsible for "accidents". Other times its state law. Either way, they create a dangerous situation for employees.

BGenie
BGenie

I carry anyway, many gun owners do. Your GFZ sign does not trump my constitutional rights.

Rayb
Rayb

I hope this business gets sued OUT of business... Bad guys can’t read the sign!!! If u have a permit you should be able to carry..

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

If you declare your work area a "Gun Free Zone ", shouldn't you have some responsibility to ensure those working there are safe??? If you don't then you should be liable and open for suit by victims, victims families...

KenClaflin
KenClaflin

The employer should be held responsible for a wrongful death. They were complicit in her death by preventing her the ability to protect herself.

justmike
justmike

This is an awful story and my sympathy goes out to all the victims and their families! I think any place of business or other that decides to be a "gun free zone" must accept responsibility for everyone's safety especially if innocent people are killed or injured in their "zone"!

dh41144
dh41144

I prefer to be fired than fired upon

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

Well hopefully the family will do the right thing and she the city for failure to protect their employees. Unfortunately these incidents care becoming more and more severe any time they happen. If there was something not right with the shooter and someone noticed it and nothing was done about it. The responsibility lies totally on the city. They failed to provide protection for them. Their failure resulted bin the deaths of twelve people. There is no excuse for their negligence. It makes no sense when you have someone who is trained and properly licensed not allowed to carry their firearm to work. Though, the difference would have been the shooter would have been engaged and possibly slowed down long enough for the officers to engage the suspect and end the Carnage before it got worse. The law needs to o be changed. Just remember it is not if it will happen It is WHEN it will happen.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I'm torn on this....while it would've been great for her to have the gun, this also keeps nutbags like this one from bringing a gun where they can do harm!!!!