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'It's scary' - Conway police and resident react after teens arrested for guns at Sonic

Conway police and resident react to teens with guns (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Conway police and residents are concerned over four teenagers being found with guns and marijuana at a popular Sonic.

“It’s scary because of all the shootings that have been happening at all the schools so it does bother me, guns being in the wrong hands,” said Jennifer Tiano, who says she goes to the Rivertown Street Sonic daily.

Conway police public information officer Lieutenant Selena Small said "It is important for the community to understand that there are teenagers in the community that may possess firearms illegally. This is why we often encourage the community to make sure that all firearms are properly secured."

Small released the following statement about the incident:

Any time we have someone possessing any type of firearm illegally it is of great concern. At this moment I do not have statistics to tell you exactly how many teenagers have possessed firearms before. However it is important for the community to understand that there are teenagers in the community that may possess firearms illegally. This is why we often encourage the community to make sure that all firearms are properly secured. By this we mean make sure you always remove forearms from vehicles and properly secure them inside your home so that it cannot be easily stolen during a breaking and entering into a vehicle. Also make sure if you have firearms in your home to make sure they are properly secured.

As for punishment for the teens, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson says sentences can vary based on what the person who had the gun was doing.

“It depends more on what’s happening with the gun. If it’s being sold to or traded to someone that’s below the age of 18, we can do something with those,” said Richardson.

The solicitor's office can also decide to punish people more harshly by sending them through the federal court system.

“On certain cases, we take those federal court and the laws are much stricter with regard to possession of a weapon, especially if you mix in some sort of drugs with it,” said Richardson.

One of the teenagers arrested on Tuesday, Jordan Brooks, is still in jail with a $10,000 bond due to being charged with being in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

We are checking to see if he, or any of the teens, will be charged federally.


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