Speaker Tim Jones' Legislative Assistant Left a Loaded Handgun in Men's Restroom at Capitol (UPDATE)

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Missouri Capitol Police
The gun discovered in a Capitol bathroom, later determined to belong to a Tim Jones staffer, David Evans.
Update 1.p.m.: Tom Smith, chief of staff for Speaker Tim Jones, just released this statement on David Evans:

"We have met with Dave to discuss this incident and he has offered his sincere apologies to me, to Speaker Jones, and to his fellow staff members. He is extremely remorseful about this unfortunate incident and willing to take full accountability for his mistake. I have instructed Dave to take an additional gun safety course, which he has agreed to complete in the next few weeks. I know that Dave is a responsible, law-abiding gun owner and that he will never allow a mistake such as this to happen again."

That does not sound like Evans will be disciplined or dismissed.

Original post: A little after 10 a.m. last Friday morning, police were called to a basement-level bathroom at the capitol building in Jefferson City. Inside the second stall of the men's restroom, Missouri Capitol police officer Brian Quick discovered a 9 mm handgun perched atop the toilet-paper dispenser, still in its holster.

See also: Second Amendment Preservation Act Fails: Missouri Won't Ban Federal Gun Laws

"The gun was fully loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine," Quick wrote in his report. "All the rounds of ammunition were hollow point 9mm rounds."

The gun was originally discovered by a custodian who called the Capitol police from the hallway and waited to make sure no one else entered the bathroom.

Police ID'd the gun as a Kahr CM9 9mm pistol.

About an hour after the gun was discovered, its owner apparently realized his mistake. From the police reports (emphasis ours):

On 9/20/2013, at 11:06 a.m., I received a phone call in the communication center from House Speaker Tim Jones's secretary, Lisa Bondurant, who stated that a staffer had left a handgun in a basement restroom and when they went to retrieve it, it was gone. Lisa identified the staffer as David Evans.

Evans is Jones' legislative assistant. After running him through a couple databases to check for warrants and criminal history (which came back clean), Capitol police determined that Evans has a valid conceal-carry permit and allowed to take the gun back.

Elected officials have long had the right to carry concealed weapons into the Capitol and staffers gained the same permissions in 2011.

Representative Stacy Newman, who first notified Daily RFT of the incident yesterday, wrote that she is "livid." One of her constituents, Rebecca Morgan from the Missouri chapter of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, echoed the sentiment and questioned whether she would allow her son to attend a field trip to the Capitol later this year.

"If I had sent my son or any of his school buddies into the restroom they would have found it...It's extremely dangerous and somebody needs to be held accountable for it," she told Daily RFT. "Some kind of change needs to be made because as we've seen, this is not a safe environment for children, obviously, with a loaded, unattended firearm left in a restroom."

See also: Gun Controversy: Missouri House Source Tries Accessing Confidential Data to Prove a Point?

We left messages with Jones' office and on Evans' voicemail, we'll update if we hear back.

Read the full police report below:

David Evans Handgun Tim Jones Missouri Speaker Capitol Jefferson City

In case you're curious about the gun type, here's a YouTube clip of a test of the Kahr CM9 9mm:

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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Opinionated314
Opinionated314

This is terrible. Another black mark on responsible gun owners.  Tom Smith, ALWAYS check your gear before you leave the stall.  This negligence could have had disastrous results, thank God it didn't.  

I have found a gun in a mall bathroom once, and it belonged to an off duty police officer.  This happens more than some would think, but even ONCE is one time too many, considering that if a child had gone into the bathroom, the outcome could've been much worse. 

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

we leave our phone at work alone and then they swipe your storage card from you. so, iquess this could be possible. lmfao

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

Question how do you leave a gun behind anyways. hello. Mcfly are we awake mcfly hello. lmfao

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

Come moving on thhat gun control rhetoric, Lets complain some then when its on the table do absolutely nothing about it. lmfao

Kevin Shea
Kevin Shea

At least he didn't get the two confused.

Stephen Rutherford
Stephen Rutherford

Thank god my young kids didn't have to go to the bathroom. Totally irresponsible and yes there should be consequences. Not sure I want to take my family to the capitol.

Janet Hart Loher
Janet Hart Loher

Same treatment as the general public. I'm sure every criminal would say it was an honest mistake.

John Shadley
John Shadley

Consequences are always mandatory for poor judgement.

Amy Ruprecht
Amy Ruprecht

Idiots. Why are they carrying inside the capitol anyway?

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

Is it illegal to leave your gun in the toilet? Or just irresponsible?

Jason Brock
Jason Brock

Wish I would've found it, can't knock a free burner.

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

They carry their guns in public to make a statement of gun freedom and then show that they are too irresponsible to own guns. I believe in gun ownership, but please use that privilege responsibly!

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

There is no law that says an owner must report lost/stolen firearms. Think if 1000 firearms are stolen from a collection, nothing says the owner has to report anything...

James Madison
James Madison

The rigt to bear arms is just that. You must have the gun under your control when in public. Irresponsible. What consequences? It really depends on the written law. We are a nation of laws, not dictators making it up as we go. If the law does not specify, it is high time to specify.

Nikki Sleep
Nikki Sleep

i mean everyone makes mistakes. but then it is a gun someone could have gotten hurt. think think there should be consequence but nothing drastic

Kevin Bunten
Kevin Bunten

shouldnt they teach him to keep his gun in hand while making a doody? I mean when else is a man more vulnerable while at the Capitol? but more interesting is why did he have the gun out--did somebody have a "wide stance" or something?

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I totally agree!! It's not like it was a cell phone or something. This is far more important than that. Why he even took it off is beyond me. It shouldn't be in the way if he has a proper holster for it. Not all gun owners are irresponsible.... but the ones that are must have consequences for their actions.

Jim House
Jim House

I nominate him for NRA gun owner of the week.

Brian Blood
Brian Blood

why does a house speakers "assistant" even carry a gun to leave behind in a bathroom ???

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

you can take a gun in the Capitol?

Kate Tabers
Kate Tabers

I mean, I have left my cell phone on top of a toilet dispenser, but leaving a gun is a different level. I'm a supporter of responsible gun ownership, and not keeping tabs on his firearm......not responsible.

Andrew Jovanovic
Andrew Jovanovic

the thing about mistakes is that they can lead to big consequences.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Stephen Rutherford but if you don't your kids will miss out on seeing the rush limbaugh bust there! you must be a commie! lol

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