- Architectural Digest names Cape Missouri's prettiest city (7/19/18)1
- Meat cutter's obit stokes interest, laughter (7/20/18)2
- Business Notebook: Millersville Pit Stop opening Friday; newly rebuilt convenience store to feature favorites (7/16/18)
- Support worker freedom by voting 'yes' on Prop A (7/14/18)
- Farewell to a First Lady (7/17/18)4
- At 80, Jane Stacy is still her father's daughter (7/21/18)
- Shipyard Music Festival aims to be 'destination event for Cape' (7/21/18)3
- Cape drops charge against carGO (7/18/18)9
- Wiggans resigns; Bristow named interim superintendent at Meadow Heights (7/18/18)
- Taste of home in Bollinger County (7/19/18)
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.