Stacey Vows to Fight Gun Charge

Craig Nigrelli

Stacey Vows to Fight Gun Charge

CREATED Oct. 2, 2012

Omaha, NE - Former Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey vows to fight a midemeanor gun charge in court after a Judge refused to drop the charge.

Prosecutors accuse Stacey of giving a gun to former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry, without proper documentation.  Stacey, who retired earlier this year, says he is "disappointed" in the decision.   His lawyer, James Martin Davis, says he had a right to do so under the Second Amendment  and that State law is unconstitutional.  

The Judge disagreed, ruling " the state has shown the certificate is narrowly tailored to achieve the desired objective, which is prevent prohibited persons from possessing a handgun. 

Stacey will plead not guilty in-writing on October 19th and go to trial. He will not make a plea deal. The former Chief says supporters still call him, write him letters and stop by his house to thank him for his decades of public service.