JONESBORO, Ark. – A planned Gun Take Back program is on hold – for now – as city leadership further evaluates it from all considerations, the city spokesman told NEA Report late Tuesday.
We first announced the program coming up in late September, 21, 22, and 23, but a short time later, the plethora of responses from readers on both the City of Jonesboro’s page and NEA Report prompted the event to be put on hold so that city leadership could evaluate the effort, said Bill Campbell, the city’s communications director.
“After our post online and NEA Report’s share of it, our staff noticed a lot of responses and we realized that this has not been vetted at the highest levels of city leadership,” Campbell said. “I made the decision to hold the post until all our leadership could further evaluate. The plan was devised by officers with good intention who have seen it work in other cities. So, we aren’t looking for a public debate – we just want everyone in leadership on the same page.”
The event could still be held but not before all levels of leadership have a chance to evaluate the effort, Campbell said.