Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's decision to not certify new regulations governing guns on campus at Virginia Tech has sparked protest from opponents but, as his office noted Monday, he does not have the final say.
Under the Code of Virginia, the governor adopts and publishes procedures for review of all proposed regulations. The process includes a review by the attorney general's office to weigh in on whether there is statutory authority for the regulations.
Because Cuccinelli's office did not certify the proposed regulations, the regulations go back to the Board of Visitors for additional action.
"We will await the board's next actions based on the attorney general's analysis and the law as passed last year," Tucker Martin, a spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell, said Tuesday.
Under state law, attorneys general in Virginia routinely weigh in on proposed regulations, whether they govern trash barges, weapons on college campuses, alcohol billboards, adoption, autism or abortion.