Cook hopes the court will accept an 18-month jail sentence for his charges: a misdemeanor heroin possession and a felony for being a drug user in possession of firearms. (Fun fact: While being arraigned for these charges, Cook was wearing cutoff shorts and a "Bad is my middle name" t-shirt.)
As part of his plea, Cook agrees to surrender his cache of weapons, including ammunition, telescopic rifle and shotgun sights, and other accessories.More »
Benjamin Schweitzer says that when he put five bullets into Frederic "Nic" Moses, he thought there was an intruder in his house -- even though Moses was his friend and a guest in his home at the time.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Benjamin Schweitzer will serve four years in prison for shooting and killing a fellow soldier.
For that, he was charged with "reckless homicide" instead of murder, and was sentenced to the maximum penalty: four years in prison.
The incident happened in March 2012. Moses, a St. Charles native and decorated Green Beret who had served four tours in Afghanistan, was in Clarksville, Tennessee, for training exercises at nearby Fort Campbell. Schweitzer, an army medic, was a guest in the house Moses shared with other soldiers. The two were stationed together at Fort Campbell as part of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).More »
Lester Davis, 57, was sentenced to 14 years in jail Monday after shooting up a Wentzville barber shop during a conversation about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Lester Davis of Wentzville.
Davis, of Wentzville, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, armed criminal action and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the St. Charles County prosecuting attorney's office. Each count costs Davis seven years in prison, but he will serve the assault and criminal action sentences concurrently.More »
The Defensor Tactical gun shop in Valley Park is giving away an AR-15 rifle painted like an American flag to benefit a charity that helps war veterans suffering with PTSD.
Ray Downs The AR-15 is autographed by MMA fighter Randy Couture, who runs a charity for veterans.
"We coated the AR-15 in an American flag because the point is to be patriotic and help veterans," says Joel Fields, President of Defensor Tactical.
"The whole idea is to raise awareness. And what better way to raise awareness than with an AR-15, something soldiers are familiar with?"More »
Update 1.p.m.: Tom Smith, chief of staff for Speaker Tim Jones, just released this statement on David Evans:
Missouri Capitol Police The gun discovered in a Capitol bathroom, later determined to belong to a Tim Jones staffer, David Evans.
"We have met with Dave to discuss this incident and he has offered his sincere apologies to me, to Speaker Jones, and to his fellow staff members. He is extremely remorseful about this unfortunate incident and willing to take full accountability for his mistake. I have instructed Dave to take an additional gun safety course, which he has agreed to complete in the next few weeks. I know that Dave is a responsible, law-abiding gun owner and that he will never allow a mistake such as this to happen again."
That does not sound like Evans will be disciplined or dismissed.
Original post: A little after 10 a.m. last Friday morning, police were called to a basement-level bathroom at the capitol building in Jefferson City. Inside the second stall of the men's restroom, Missouri Capitol police officer Brian Quick discovered a 9 mm handgun perched atop the toilet-paper dispenser, still in its holster.More »
Less than a week after a controversial pro-gun bill died at the Missouri State Capitol -- one that local officials said would have obstructed law enforcement -- the judges of St. Louis' Circuit Court are voting today on a proposal that could help reduce gun violence in the city. That is according to the proponents of the so-called "Armed Offender Docket," who, amid the heated gun control debates across the state and country, have been pushing for a court system reform that has received bipartisan support.
"This is a way to hold people who commit gun crimes responsible," says Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay, who has been promoting the gun docket concept for months.
The idea is rather simple: Establish a special division of the state circuit court in St. Louis that would exclusively focus on gun crimes.More »
The state legislature yesterday failed to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto and enact one of the most extreme pro-gun measures in the country -- the highly controversial House Bill 436, which would have, among many contested provisions, made it illegal for police to enforce certain federal firearm laws in the state.
"Missourians deserve common sense solutions that move Missouri forward," Nixon, a Democrat, says in a statement. "As a gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I applaud the bipartisan vote in the Senate to sustain my veto of this unnecessary, unconstitutional and unsafe nullification bill."More »
In the weeks leading up to today's showdown at the capitol over controversial gun legislation that would block federal laws in Missouri, we've chronicled the growing opposition from law enforcement agencies across the state. St. Louis city and county cops say House Bill 436 will damage their police work, Attorney General Chris Koster says it will give a leg up to drug dealers and even the Missouri Sheriffs' Association has criticized the bill, saying it violates the oath of office.
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Today, before the veto session begins at noon, we have for you some strongly worded criticisms from the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri, which yesterday announced 25 federal indictments related to firearm and weapons offenses.
These are the kinds of indictments that could lead to charges against involved officers if House Bill 436 becomes law.More »
What do law-enforcement agencies do with the many illegal guns they confiscate during their police work or acquire through buybacks? Sometimes, firearms can pile up and take up valuable space -- and often departments destroy them.
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Thanks to a Chesterfield-based company, the actual process of destroying these guns just got a whole lot easier.
Meet the "GUNBUSTERS™ Firearms Pulverizer," a machine which does exactly what its name suggests: pulverizes guns.More »