- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Thankful People: Moore family counts its blessing after harrowing accident (11/23/17)
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Deal Finder brings 'unique' shopping to Cape Girardeau (11/24/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
Swingle making good use of new gun law
Illustrating the point that Missouri's new concealed-weapons law is one of the most strict in the nation and actually contains some protective provisions, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle sent out a memo with a strong endorsement of one section.
A portion of the law, which goes into effect Oct. 11, elevates the crime of possessing a firearm while intoxicated from a class B misdemeanor to a class D felony, punishable by one day in county jail to four years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.
Swingle sent his memo to area law enforcement leaders, saying the change makes sense, and he intends to "vigorously" prosecute such cases. "Driving while intoxicated is a very dangerous activity," he said. "But possession of a firearm while intoxicated is even more dangerous."
He hopes the new law will make concealed-weapons holders think twice before taking their guns along while heading out for a drink. With the publicity his memo received in the local media, that outcome is probably a good bet.