People who carry weapons are expected to act in a responsible manner when they have the weapon on their person. In fact, many of the duties of a gun owner are spelled out in the Missouri laws concerning guns. It is important to note that all gun owners are responsible for following the law. One point that must be adhered to by all people who carry a firearm, including civilians and law enforcement officials, is that you can’t be in possession of a firearm while consuming alcoholic beverages.
When any firearms laws are broken, the gun owner who is said to have broken them can face criminal charges based on their actions. These charges can be filed against anyone who is found to have broken the law. One Missouri sheriff has found himself having to face the criminal justice system because of his alleged actions while in possession of a firearm.
The sheriff is accused of negligently possessing and handling a firearm on March 5. It is alleged that he was intoxicated while in possession of his firearm. He is facing a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with this incident, which happened at the Hitching Post tavern in Hartsburg.
He has been released on bond until his court date. In the meantime, he should explore his defense options to determine how he is going to fight to maintain his innocence. If he is found guilty of this weapons charge, he will be branded as a felon and will face life-long restrictions because of that classification.
Source: KSDK, “Missouri sheriff arrested on felony weapons charge,” April 06, 2016