by Mark Moore
What do I call police chiefs and Sheriffs in Arkansas who are still willing to arrest otherwise law-abiding citizens who are carrying a firearm? It would not be proper to call them “Law Enforcement Officers” because what they would be enforcing would not be the law at all, since Act 746 clearly states that open carry of a firearm in itself is not a crime. Maybe we should call them “personal preference enforcement officers” (PPEOs) since what they would be enforcing is their own personal preferences and not the letter of the law itself?
At any rate, I was glad to discover that, despite a media report to the contrary, that Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck is not in the PPEO category and continues to enforce the law as written. This report http://thecabin.net/news/local/2014-01-21#.UvfiO_ldWSq in Conway’s “Log Cabin Democrat” claimed ” Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck and Garland County Prosecutor Steve Oliver say that “open carry” is still illegal in their jurisdictions.”
I asked the Sheriff about this by asking: “This article claims that it is your position that open carry of firearms is still illegal in Benton County even after act 746. Is that in fact your position Sheriff?”
Craddock set the record straight by replying “No, open carry will be allowed.”
I am not surprised that the Log Cabin Democrat got that wrong, because I have noticed that they get quite a bit wrong in what they cover http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/2013/12/conway-paper-demonstrates-true-function.html and also what they fail to cover when they should. http://www.pinnacletennisacademy.blogspot.com/2014/02/conway-mayor-tab-townsell-lied-to.html
At any rate, as a Benton County resident I for one am pleased to know that I can disregard the misinformation put out by the state’s establishment newspapers and continue to vote Cradduck.