In early September 2007, police in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, arrested a previously convicted felon whom they discovered drivinp with a loaded gun, a magazine of ammunition, and a stun gun in his vehicle. The man, who was convicted in Illinois in 2000 for sexual abuse and failing to register as a sex offender, was later released after police determined that his possession of the gun, ammunition, and the stun gun did not violate Missouri law. This incident inspired Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney H. Morley Swingle to lobby for changes to Missouri's statute prohibiting some felons from possessing firearms.
Adam E. Hanna,
Falling through the Cracks: Missouri Amends Its Felon Firearm Possession Statute,
74 Mo. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/mlr/vol74/iss2/6