Thu January 9, 2014
Gun Discharged At Kentucky Capital Building
No charges will be filed after a Kentucky lawmaker accidentally fired a personal handgun in her Capitol office.
Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs released a statement acknowledging that the gun did indeed go off indoors, hitting a wall and a bookshelf.
Rep. Combs says she has had a concealed carry permit for years, and she still believes in protecting Second Amendment rights. The state police have ruled the shot an accident and won't be pressing charges.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the incident doesn't mean the laws to allow guns in the capitol should be changed.
“I don’t see anything that needs to be changed. Somebody’s gonna have to convince me otherwise. I mean, it was an unintentional discharge. I think it’s just good policy that people like Rep. Combs, who work here late, have to go to their cars, go to functions. They have the right to carry and protect theirselves.”—Greg Stumbo
The story has gained national attention, but Stumbo says he doesn't think it will hurt the state's reputation.