The Benton County Quorum Court voted to apply for a federal grant from the U.S. Department Of Justice to help curb violence in the county.
The “Project Safe Neighborhoods” grant is designed to reduce gang related crime.
The way the grant was worded concerned some members of the Quorum Court. The original language said the $80,000 federal grant was to reduce firearms and gang violence.
Benton County Justice of the Peace Pat Adams wasn’t in favor of the grant until some of the language was changed. “I spoke with the Sheriff about it and I spoke with the county attorney about it and I asked them to research that,” said Adams. “For the simple fact that if you’re looking at just gun reduction I could not get behind this at all because I have privacy concerns and Second Amendment concerns.”
The language was changed to exclude “gun reduction” and the quorum court voted in favor of applying for the grant. Benton County will need to spend $70,000 of its own money to complete the project.