The Regent expects obedience. Hence, the Virginia State police supported raising the maximum speed limit and remained silent on gun control issues.
They were doing as they were told:
The shift in position (on speed limits–ed.) followed instructions from Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration to the law enforcement agency that a public endorsement was expected, according to a government source with knowledge of the conversations who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Administration officials made it clear to the state police that it was expected to back the speed limit change, which McDonnell supported, and remain silent on some gun measures, the source said. The state police offered testimony on at least one gun proposal this year – defeated legislation to require criminal background checks on certain private gun sales – before being hushed on others, the source added.