Erek Balentine, Bald Knob, Arkansas police chief has resigned amid scandal.
The openly anti-second amendment chief’s time as police chief will conclude on Oct. 5.
Chief Erek Balentine has gone to great lengths to stifle the right to bear arms during his tenure, even though Arkansas is an open carry state.
It all seemed to start to come to a head when in May, Richard Chambless was charged with openly carrying a firearm.
Chambless was arrested for openly carrying a holstered handgun at a local McDonald’s. He was recently found guilty of the charges of carrying a weapon and disorderly conduct.
He was ordered to pay a $2400 in fines and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, and one year of probation.
Chambless’ attorney says they will appeal the judge’s decision. He is helping Chambless raise funds to fight this insanity!
Several others have been issued citations and even arrested for open carry, but Chambless is the only person to be convicted.
Then it all came to a head this month when Balentine found his truck engulfed in flames and the phrase “2 Amendment” spray-painted on its sides.
Rumors in the community spread quickly that Balentine may have faked the incident as a way to save face.
Balentine was also caught on camera losing his temper with an open carry advocate.
The truck incident also occurred right after Balentine encouraged local businesses to post signs prohibiting open carry.
At first, the chief dug in, releasing a statement saying, “They really didn’t get a message. The message that I’ve heard a lot is they basically want me to back off. They want me to stop. They basically want me to leave it alone and that’s not going to happen.” Balentine said. “It actually makes me want to enforce more and go forward with it until we can get higher courts to give an answer.”
He notified Mayor Beth Hale-Calhoun of his resignation on September 18th.
The Arkansas open carry law was amended in 2013 with the following section:
SECTION 2. Arkansas Code § 5-73-120 is amended to read as follows: 30 5-73-120. Carrying a weapon. 31 (a) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person, in a vehicle occupied by him or her, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to attempt to unlawfully employ the handgun, knife, or club as a weapon against a person.
Balentine seems to have used this as an excuse to push his political agenda and try to stifle open carry in Bald Knob.
Two men were also detained while open carrying in front of the Bald Knob police station.
Carlos Miller reports: “Kalab White, one of the two men detained over the weekend, said he does frequent Second Amendment audits throughout the state, and Bald Knob is the only town that treats open carry as a crime.”
White said, “I don’t believe he’s [Balentine] leaving for the reasons he gave. I believe he’s leaving because he’s caused so much embarrassment to that city.”
White also mentions that when he conducted his Second Amendment audit in his hometown of Jonesboro, his local police officers invited him for a ride-along.
All goes to show that when local law enforcement decides to rewrite the law instead of just enforcing the law..it never goes well. Balentine openly states that he believes open carry “scares” people in some places…well being in places where people cannot be armed “scares” me!
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