I knew Bill Neely for years when I was doing CPS in Spotsylvania. He was, and from what little I've followed since, been a common-sense sort of person. He has never, personally or professionally, struck me as hoplophobic.
But yes, it's refreshing to see him say it.
Now - set up some OC breakfasts/dinners in the area and invite him to come share with y'all.