JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – A Missouri lawmaker says it might be time to revisit concealed carry laws after what happened last week at the Missouri Capitol.
A loaded pistol was left on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a basement bathroom at the Capitol Friday. Capitol police said it had hollow-point bullets in it. One round was in the chamber and there were six more bullets in the magazine.
The gun was left there by David Evans, a staffer for House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.
House Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, says the incident shows a disregard for the safety of those who visit the capitol, which includes school children.
“Thank goodness no one was hurt,” said Hummel. “The public is not allowed to carry concealed weapons into Missouri government buildings. It’s another case of legislators thinking they are above the law.”
The legislature passed a law in 2011 which allows lawmakers and their staff to carry concealed guns in the capitol.
Hummel says anyone who has taken the required concealed carry course should know better.
Evans does have a conceal carry permit and the gun was given back to him.
Calls to both House Speaker Tim Jones and Staffer David Evans were not returned.