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“It is the Department's position,” Gentry writes, “based on a reading of the Arkansas Juvenile Code … that you are prohibited from possessing or owning a firearm. Therefore, it would be against federal or state law to issue you the license.”
As received from the Arkansas State Police, a large segment of the letter to Grant is completely blacked out. Sadler said the passage was redacted because it deals with the details of juvenile proceedings, which are not subject to release under the Arkansas FOI law.
Later in the letter, Gentry notes that on his application, Grant swore under oath that from May 2006 to June 2008, he lived in Evening Shade. However, Gentry writes, a check of Grant's driver's license history found that he transferred a Missouri driver's license to an Arkansas license on May 15, 2008. On the Missouri license, Grant had listed an address in Cape Girardeau, Mo., as his home. Gentry also cites an accident report filed following a May 4 wreck in which Grant crashed a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle while trying to negotiate a curve near Drasco. The motorcycle is listed as being owned by Patricia Golden, the mother of Andrew Golden. Grant was cited for failure to maintain control and having no motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license.
“That accident report shows an address of 910 Heber Springs Road, Batesville, Arkansas,” Gentry wrote. “Both of these incidents are within the time frame that you stated that you resided in Evening Shade, and they are not listed on your application.” Gentry again refers to the Arkansas Code, citing, “a conspicuous warning that the application is executed under oath, and that a knowingly false answer to any question or the knowing submission of any false document by the applicant … precludes any future license being issued to the applicant.” At the end of the letter, Gentry informs Grant that he has 10 days to request in writing an administrative hearing for review of the denial.
Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver wouldn't confirm or deny that Grant is Golden, but he said that he filed the letter of objection after being informed of the permit application by the State Police. Weaver said that he filed the objection because it he thought it was what was best for the community.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the discovery that Drew Grant and Andrew Golden were one and the same was made during the lengthy background check performed for each concealed-carry permit. “There was a set of fingerprints that he submitted from his concealed handgun license training,” Sadler said. “There were fingerprints [belonging to Golden] that were already in the possession of the Arkansas State Police that date back to 1998.”
The denial letter's assertion that Grant is prohibited from possessing a firearm (the reason is not revealed in the public portion of the document) brings up an interesting question. Could Grant potentially be arrested for owning or carrying a gun? Sadler said that depends on the contents of Grant's Arkansas Crime Information Center file. ACIC law prohibits Sadler from discussing the contents of anyone's file for non-law-enforcement purposes, but he was willing to speak hypothetically. “If there is a traffic stop and an ACIC check,” Sadler said, “and all this is hypothetical now, but certainly if he were stopped and if there was a check of his records and there was notation that he was prohibited from having a firearm and [a gun] was in fact found, he would be charged with carrying a prohibited weapon.”
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