Missouri House Staffer Leaves Loaded Gun In Capitol Bathroom

A Missouri House staffer reportedly left his loaded 9mm pistol on top of the toilet paper dispenser in a men’s restroom in the state Capitol basement Friday, according to a police report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The report noted that the gun, claimed by Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones’ legislative assistant Dave Evans, “was fully loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.”

Missouri passed a law 2011 allowing lawmakers and their staff to carry guns in the Capitol with concealed carry permits. Evans, 64, had a permit, according to police.

No charges are expected in the incident, the Post-Dispatch reported.


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