KY Legislator Fires Gun in Office; ‘It Happens,’ She Says


The accidental firing of a handgun in a Kentucky lawmaker's office ignited debate over whether guns should be restricted on the campus of Kentucky's State Capitol, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Rep. Leslie Combs accidentally fired her handgun Tuesday afternoon while unloading it in her office in the Capitol Annex, a building adjacent to the Capitol.

“I'm a gun owner. It happens,” she said Wednesday, adding that she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun. No one was injured. Combs said she has a concealed carry permit, allowing her to carry the gun, which she said she often carries in her purse. A state police official said anyone with a concealed carry permit can bring a loaded weapon to the Capitol or annex. He said no charges would be filed in the incident.

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