JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - The legislative assistant to the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives resigned last week after accidentally leaving a loaded firearm in a bathroom at the state capitol.
Missouri Capitol Police received a call on the morning of Friday, September 23 from a House of Representatives operations specialist who found the gun in the men's restroom on the basement level of the capitol building, directly across from House Hearing Room #1.
The gun, a Kahr CM9 9 mm pistol, was found on top of the toilet paper dispenser in the second stall, inside a black nylon holster. It was fully loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine. All of the rounds were hollow-point 9mm rounds.
After running the serial number on the pistol, police determined the weapon to 64-year-old David Evans. The gun, ammunition, and holster were returned to Evans a short time later.
Evans did possess a conceal carry permit, allowing Missouri legislators and their staffers to have guns on capitol grounds if they have the proper permits.
No charges were filed, but in a statement released Thursday from Missouri Speaker Tim Jones' office, Evans felt it would be in the best interest of his colleagues and friends in the capitol for him to step down.