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Employee arrested at California Secretary of State office on gun charge

The California State Capitol building from the Tower Bridge in Sacramento on Sunday, September 29, 2013. 2013
The California State Capitol building from the Tower Bridge in Sacramento on Sunday, September 29, 2013. 2013 RBenton@sacbee.com

Secretary of State Alex Padilla has ordered increased security at his Sacramento offices after an employee was arrested this week on a gun charge, accused of bringing a loaded firearm to work.

The California Highway Patrol said Friday that a security guard found a backpack containing a loaded handgun in a restroom at the Secretary of State’s 11th Street headquarters Monday. CHP officers questioned an employee the following day and arrested him.

Bryan Keith Thurmond, of Sacramento, is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 11 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm in a state building.

Thurmond, 50, was a temporary employee in the Secretary of State’s office, where he processed business filings, the Secretary of State’s office said. Thurmond could not immediately be reached for comment.

Padilla said in an email to staff Friday that his office was seeking a restraining order to keep Thurmond from entering or approaching the Secretary of State’s building, and he requested an increased CHP presence.

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 2:51 p.m. Friday to include new charging and court date information.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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