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Monday, March 9, 2009

Gun beat

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 3:35 PM

The list of Arkansas concealed weapon permit holders includes a Randeep Mann of London, Ark. (I believe a Blog reader noted this earlier.) Dr. Randeep Mann of London was arrested last week on a federal charge of possession of unregistered firearms, specifically grenades.

Federal arrest information isn't routinely transmitted to State Police. (Contrary to the understanding of some, state arrest information isn't instantly transferred to State Police either. It depends first on submission of fingerprints by arresting agencies. Some are more  prompt and efficient than others.). In any case, on account of the absence of state-federal communication, Mann's apparent presence on the permit list was news I supplied today to State Police. By law, carry permits may be suspended on a finding that a permit holder has been arrested on a charge that could result in disqualification on conviction.

This is a small illustration of the value of public access to such records.

UPDATE: The State Police has confirmed that permit holder Mann and federal suspect Mann are the same. A State Police official is en route to federal court, where Mann was scheduled to appear today, to serve notice that his permit is to be suspended. She then was planning a trip to the Pulaski County Jail to seize the permit from his belongings for suspension until the case is adjudicated.

UPDATE II: And speaking of public records and public legislative testimony:

John Williams talked further today with Rep. Randy Stewart, the gun instructor who is seeking to close weapon permit records. He was widely quoted last week about his legislative testimony concerning a note he'd received from someone who said his weapon was stolen from his vehicle two days after the list was published on-line. Stewart says this was the same note sent to me. I still have a copy. It was from a North Little Rock man who claimed he has a concealed weapon permit. Perhaps he does. But his name, as carried on his e-mail, does NOT appear on the list of permits I published.

UPDATE: I've communicated further with the man, who said a gun was stolen from a vehicle parked in his driveway. He said his name, as carried on the list, is different from the name by which he is commonly known and uses in his e-mail. So it does appear on the list. The whereabouts of his weapons and the fact that he stowed one in his car, needless to say, is not among the information in the state database. In my neighborhood, leaving anything of value in a car -- much less a gun -- isn't sound safety policy. Burglars don't consult on-line databases before rifling them.

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