Speaker Tim Jones' Legislative Assistant Left a Loaded Handgun in Men's Restroom at Capitol (UPDATE)
Update 1.p.m.: Tom Smith, chief of staff for Speaker Tim Jones, just released this statement on David Evans:
Missouri Capitol Police The gun discovered in a Capitol bathroom, later determined to belong to a Tim Jones staffer, 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.More »