Lawmaker fires handgun in Kentucky Capitol: ‘I am a gun owner… It happens’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:40 EDT
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Leslie Combs (YouTube)
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A Kentucky lawmaker has confirmed that she accidentally discharged a handgun in her Capitol office on Tuesday.

State Rep. Leslie Combs (D) told WHAS that she was unloading the gun in her Capitol annex office when it discharged. A bookcase was struck by a bullet after it ricocheted off the floor.

Democratic state Rep. Jeff Greer was also in the room but was not injured in the shooting.

“I don’t want to use it anymore,” Combs explained to reporters on Wednesday.

“I thought it was totally clear,” she said. “I am a gun owner. It happens.”

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo (D) asked Kentucky State Police to investigate the incident.

(Photo credit: YouTube/University of Pikeville)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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