Lewis W. Diuguid

Weapon found in Missouri Capitol rest room

Updated: 2013-09-28T22:22:13Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

People do a myriad of obnoxious things in public rest rooms, such as talk in stalls on cellphones, shave and take mini-baths.

But leaving a loaded weapon in the Missouri Capitol basement bathroom ranks up at the top of not only the most obnoxious things anyone could do but also the most dangerous. Yet, that’s what happened.

A Capitol Police report said that a gun in a black nylon holster belonging to a legislative employee was found on top of a toilet paper dispenser. Police returned the weapon to David Evans, who is a staff member for House Speaker Tim Jones, a Eureka Republican, The Associated Press reports.

Evans has a conceal-carry permit. A state law lets state elected officials and their employees carry concealed firearms inside the Capitol if they have permits.

Two questions stand out: Why would anyone need a weapon in the Capitol? And how irresponsible could a person be to leave a gun in a Statehouse bathroom where anyone — even a kid — could grab it?

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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