Loaded handgun left unattended in bathroom of Mo. State Capitol Building

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:40 AM

 (KMOV) – A loaded gun left unattended inside the Missouri State Capitol belongs to a legislative staffer, according to Capitol police.

The gun was found last Friday inside a men’s room stall in the basement of the Capitol near public hearing rooms.

In a report from Capitol Police, the gun is owned by a staffer for House Speaker Tim Jones.  Police say the owner does have a concealed-carry permit.

The report also says the Kahr CM9 9mm handgun was in a holster and had a hollow point bullet in the chamber and six others in the magazine.

Police say there were no laws broken and there were no charges. State law does allow Missouri lawmakers and staff to carry concealed weapons in the Capitol.

Democrat State Representative Stacey Newman of St Louis, reacted by saying, “My first thought was the utter carelessness, because of all the people in the capitol every single day.”

Efforts to reach the Speaker for a comment were not returned.

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