Firearms ordinance up for public discussion

Published 11:21 am Saturday, May 7, 2016

Residents are invited to speak in favor or opposition to a proposed firearms ordinance at this Tuesday’s meeting of the Windsor Town Council.

During the meeting in April, Town Manager Michael Stallings said that both he and Police Chief R.D. Riddle reviewed ordinances for firearms in neighboring jurisdictions and throughout Virginia. They found regulations have a lot of variances.

As noted in the minutes, both men reportedly suggested adding black powder rifles as an exception because the state permits them for hunting. The alternative, Stallings said, is to consider allowing “rifles chambered in .221r rimfire to be fired within town limits, as long as the other conditions set forth in the ordinance are met.”

Further, he thinks this would be an acceptable compromise for residents.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

Also on the agenda for the evening, Karita Suiter will be publicly thanked for her years of service to the town through her time on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Suiter has announced plans to move to Chesapeake.