SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Highway Patrol has arrested a state employee who is accused of bringing a loaded gun to work at the secretary of state’s office.

The CHP said Friday that 50-year-old Bryan Thurmond was arrested for possession of a firearm in a state building.

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Officer Sean Kennedy says security officers discovered a backpack with a loaded gun left in a men’s bathroom at the downtown Sacramento office on Monday, a state holiday. Police questioned Thurmond the next day and arrested him.

Chief Deputy Secretary of State Bill Mabie says Thurmond is a temporary employee who has worked for the agency since July 2013.

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The office does not have metal detectors. The CHP is providing additional security while reviewing the building’s safety.

The Associated Press could not immediately reach Thurmond on Friday.

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