Did you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), a local police department, or lawyer stating they had a warrant for your arrest? The callers are scammers/con-artist, manipulating the caller ID system to make the number appear to come from the local sheriff's office or jail. These scammers go on to tell potential victims they have an outstanding warrant for an unpaid debt, missed jury duty or some minor infraction and that a fine is due. The caller then convinces people to make the payments by wiring it through Western Union, Pay Pal, MoneyGram, or buying a prepaid credit card and registering it online to make a payment. Scammers exert pressure on the caller to attempt to scare you into paying, such as threatening to have you arrested or to report you to a law enforcement agency. NEVER give out or confirm personal financial information, date of birth, bank account, credit card, or social security numbers unless you know who you are dealing with. Ask the caller for their name, company, street address, and telephone number. Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss any debt until you receive a written "validation notice." Contact your local law enforcement agencies to confirm the validity of a warrant or fines owed.
Over the past few months, and more recently after news media reports on comments made by the Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General, my deputies have had several calls and questions asking about my stance on the Second Amendment, Act 746 of 2013, and our right to keep bear arms. When the citizens of Jackson County elected me as your Sheriff I took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office will not make an arrest for carrying a weapon based solely on that fact. All incidents of this nature will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and properly investigated. However, citizens should understand and be familiar with Arkansas Statute 5-73-306 which sets forth places that prohibit the possessions of firearms.
Business owners and establishments that do not want or allow firearms must have placed at each entrance to the place a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than ten feet (10') that reads "Carrying a firearm is Prohibited".