Mayfield man arrested on firearms charges


PADUCAH -- An investigation by the McCracken County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms led to the arrest of a Mayfield man Wednesday on firearm possession and transaction charges.

According to a press release from McCracken County, sheriff's detectives were contacted by ATF agents regarding a suspicious firearms transaction at a local business. James H. Payne, 52, was acting in a suspicious manner while directing an elderly female to buy a handgun, the report stated.

It added that in the store, Payne would not directly touch a firearm or ammunition, and made comments that were "out of the ordinary" for lawful firearms transactions.

A short distance from the business, McCracken County Sheriff's Office's Storm Team stopped the vehicle, occupied by Payne. Through an interview and records checks, it was determined Payne was a convicted felon. The recently purchased handgun was located in the floorboard of the vehicle. Payne admitted on multiple occasions trying to get others to purchase firearms for him.

Payne was arrested on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and fraudulent firearms transaction. He was taken to the McCracken County Jail.