UPDATE: Pike County Lawmaker Accidentally Fires Gun in Office at Capitol

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/9/14 @ 10:25 a.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is speaking out about the Kentucky state Representative who accidentally fired a gun in her office Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs from Pikeville said in a statement that the misfire was an accident and that no one was hurt or in harm's way.

"And the bullet went off, struck the floor. Shattered in pieces of it. Understand it went into a bookshelf," said Rep. Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.

A source close to the situation described the damage by the bullet as significant.

Stumbo says Combs thought the gun was unloaded, "She pulled the trigger, firearm does not have a safety If I recall correctly. But she pointed it away from the person in the room."

Combs released a statement saying, "I obtained my concealed-carry permit several years ago to better protect my safety, as I travel widely and sometimes at night. I strongly support our Second Amendment rights and our state's concealed-carry law, and believe just as strongly that gun safety and education must be part of that equation."

Combs also said, "I urge everyone to be extremely cautious with their firearm. I know from personal experience how easy it is to discharge a firearm accidentally.”

According to Stumbo, ""By law she is allowed to have the weapon on these premises. By law she can even carry it on the house floor if she chooses to do so."

Kentucky State Police investigated the discharge and Combs said there was no evidence the bullet traveled outside her office.

Combs serves the 94th District (Pike, Harlan, and Letcher Counties) in the Kentucky House.

ORIGINAL STORY 1/8/14 @ 4:22 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker says she accidentally fired her gun in her office in the Capitol Annex.

Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs of Pikeville said Wednesday that no one was hurt or in harm's way when the gun went off Tuesday - the opening day of the legislative session.

Combs said in a statement that the incident was investigated by the state police's legislative detail.

She says state police found no evidence to indicate any portion of the round went outside her office.

Combs says she obtained her concealed-carry permit several years ago.

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