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Staffer to Mo. House Speaker Resigns After Leaving Loaded Gun at Capitol

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - A staffer to Missouri Speaker of the House Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has resigned after leaving a loaded gun in a public restroom at the Capitol on Sept. 20.

Dave Evans of O’Fallon was a legislative assistance for Jones at the time of the incident. His 9mm pistol was found atop a toilet paper dispenser in a men’s restroom in the Capitol’s basement.

Capitol police said the gun had hollow-point bullets in it. One round was in the chamber and there were six more bullets in the magazine.

Tom Smith, Jones’ Chief of Staff, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a statement that he had accepted Evans’ letter of resignation.

House Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, said at the time that the incident showed 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.

Evans does have a conceal carry permit and the gun was given back to him.

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