A Missouri House staffer reportedly left a loaded gun in a public restroom in the state Capitol last week.
By Elizabeth Crisp
St. Louis Post-Disptach
According to a Capitol Police incident report, a Kahr CM9 9mm pistol – later claimed by House Speaker Tim Jones’ legislative assistant Dave Evans – was found on top of the toilet paper dispenser in a men’s restroom in the Capitol basement Friday. The incident report states that the gun “was fully loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.”
Capitol police returned the gun to Evans after Jones’ secretary Lisa Bondurant called to report that it was misplaced. The incident report states that Evans didn’t have paperwork for the gun with him, but he “offered a very detailed description of the weapon and the holster (and) was able to identify the weapon by the brand, caliber, color, size, the holster and the ammunition count and type that was in the weapon.”
Evans did not immediately respond to a call from the Post-Dispatch on Monday.
No charges are expected in the incident.
A law passed in 2011 allows Missouri legislators and their staffers to have guns in the Capitol if they have concealed gun permits.
The incident report states that Evans, 64, has a concealed carry permit. He recently started working as assistant legislative director for Jones, R-Eureka, after several years in the telecom industry. An O'Fallon resident, he unsuccessfully ran for the state House in 2010 and serves on the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee.
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