All criminal cases charging offenses of unlawful use of a weapon by carrying a concealed weapon, exhibiting or flourishing, and felon in possession shall be assigned to a trial division on the first setting in the criminal assignment division. This rule applies to cases charging such offenses when joined with charges of possession of controlled substances, but the rule does not apply to cases where charges of other felony offenses are joined.

Except as provided herein, and subject to § 491.710 RSMo, assignment of such cases shall take precedence over any other cases on the civil or criminal dockets, and continuances shall not be granted except for compelling constitutional reasons. Unavailability of a prosecutor will not be a ground for a continuance.

Such cases shall be assigned to all divisions without regard to civil trial or “D” weeks, provided that specially assigned trials will have priority.