- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

BALD KNOB, Ark. (AP) - The Bald Knob police chief is encouraging local businesses to post “guns prohibited” signs to prevent residents from openly carrying weapons in public.

Police Chief Erek Balentine told The Daily Citizen (http://bit.ly/1Jll6gk ) that he’s not against people carrying guns, but believes that someone bringing a weapon into a store can cause other customers to feel concerned.

“I have been around guns my whole life … but I do think you have to use some sort of common sense with a handgun,” he said. “I think if you are walking down the road or you are going into a business with a gun, you are causing an alarm. You are causing an annoyance. You have brought attention to yourself, and I think that is where the issue arises.”

Richard Chambless was found guilty Tuesday on charges of carrying a weapon and disorderly conduct after he brought a gun inside a fast food restaurant.

White County District Judge Mark Derrick said that Chambless went to McDonald’s several times carrying a weapon in an attempt to draw attention to himself, calling the situation Chambless created at the business “offensive” in finding him guilty of disorderly conduct.

Chambless was ordered to pay a $240 fine for the disorderly conduct charge. On the weapon carrying charge, he must pay a $2,160 fine and was sentenced to 15 days in jail, plus one year of probation.

Chambless’ attorney said they will “100 percent appeal” the judge’s decision.

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Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/

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