Capitol buzzes about Rep. Leslie Combs accidentally firing gun in Capitol Annex on Tuesday

01/08/2014 02:59 PM

State Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, accidentally fired her handgun in her Capitol Annex office on Tuesday afternoon.

“On Tuesday, I accidentally discharged a firearm in my legislative office in the Capitol Annex. No one was hurt or in harm’s way, and I followed standard safety procedures when this accident occurred,” the statement from Combs said. “The incident was investigated by the Kentucky State Police’s legislative detail, which confirmed that ‘no evidence was located that demonstrated any portion of the round traveled outside of Rep. Combs’ office.”

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said that another lawmaker was in Combs’ office when the gun went off, but he was not hurt. Stumbo said Combs had the gun pointed at the floor in the opposite direction from the legislator in the room when the gun went off, and fragments of the bullet carried into a bookshelf.

The story was first reported by WHAS-11 and the Courier-Journal via Twitter. They identified the other lawmaker as Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg.

Combs is a concealed-carry permit holder, which she says in the statement that she obtained “to better protect my safety.” Legislators are allowed to carry firearms in the state Capitol with the exception of the Supreme Court chambers, and Stumbo said he and “a number” of legislators have concealed-carry permits.

Stumbo told reporters that Combs is “very concerned and probably somewhat embarrassed” by the incident.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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