The Free Lance-Star has occasional web-based interviews with various people in the area. Today they interviewed Fredericksburg Police Chief David Nye.
I found some of his answers somewhat troubling, and others that were within the limits of the law.
Below are the gun-related questions and answers. One was OC-related.
Question: (from MK in 22401) -- Chief, I felt [Spotsylvania's] Sheriff Roger Harris's response was flippant* during the last chat regarding a weapons ban. Do you support a weapons ban?
Police Chief David Nye's answer: -- What I support is more comprehensive background checks and also some common sense limitations on the size of magazines used in weapons.
Question: (from AD in Fredericksburg) -- Why are you one of the few Chiefs to not sign off on Class 3 Firearms?
Police Chief David Nye's answer: -- I cannot speak for other police chiefs about Class 3 firearms, which include “machine guns” and fully automatic weapons such as those used by the military. I am assuming this question refers to an ATF form that has a section on it that reads…I have no information indicating that the transferee will use the firearm or device described on this application for other than lawful purposes. I have no information that the receipt or possession of the firearm or device described in item 4 would place the transferee in violation of State or local law. For the first few years that I was the Chief of Police I did sign these forms after a police records check, but upon further reflection I decided that signing was in fact an endorsement of the individual, most of whom I do not know. I no longer sign these forms for anyone. The form can also be signed by the Sheriff, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Superintendent of the State Police or any other person whose certification is acceptable to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Question: (from mh in Spotsylvania) -- Chief, I do a lot of hiking along the Rappahannock river where Fredericksburg owns land holdings. Lately there has been a lot of Bear sightings. Is it permissible to carry a holstered handgun for protection while on these lands? It would be visible non-concealed.
Police Chief David Nye's answer: -- If you are not prohibited from legally carrying a weapon, yes you may carry a non-concealed holstered handgun on city-owned property along the river.
Question: (from JC in fburg) -- Chief Nye - The Police Guy: i was wondering your stance on class III weapons license as citizens of the city would require your approval prior to applying to the ATF for the tax stamp. As a chief of police and a leader of the community, i'm curious to know where you stand on these types of firearms.
Police Chief David Nye's answer: -- See the earlier question regarding my stance on signing off on these applications.
* I believe I found the question and answer this person was referring to in an earlier interview with Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris. He had many troubling answers, including these that were gun-related:
Question: (from MS in Fred.) -- Have been reading about various sheriffs across the country who say they will not enforce any federal gun bans in their area. What do you think about that?
Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris's answer: -- As a constitutional officer, I feel I am obligated to my oath of office to enforce federal and state laws, as well as county ordinances.
Question: (from TO in fred) -- Do you personally support the gun ban?
Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris's answer: -- Which gun ban are you referring to?