Ky. rep fires gun in capitol; 'It happens'

Ky. rep fires gun in capitol; 'It happens'

Representative Leslie Combs (D)

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A Kentucky state representative accidentally fired her semi-automatic handgun Tuesday night in the Capitol annex office.

That incident happened just before the State of the State address delivered by Governor Steve Beshear.

Representative Leslie Combs (D- Pikeville) says she was unloading the gun according to safety procedure when it accidentally fired.  The bullet struck the floor and ricocheted into a bookcase.

Representative Jeff Greer was in the room at the time of the incident and was not hurt.

When asked by reporters Wednesday to see where the gun was discharged, Combs declined and said she was putting the gun away because "I don't want to use it anymore."

"I thought it was totally clear," Combs said Wednesday. "I am a gun owner. It happens."  Combs added no one was in harms way.

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo asked the Kentucky State Police to investigate the incident after he learned of it. 

No one was hurt.

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