Kentucky Democratic Lawmaker Accidentally Fires Her Gun in Her Capitol Office

January 9 2014
by GSL Staff
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combsAccording to media reports, Kentucky State Representative Leslie Combs accidentally fired a Ruger LCP handgun in her office at the state capitol while trying to unload it.

The round hit the ground and sent bullet fragments flying into a nearby bookshelf.

According to the Courier Journal,

“I’m a gun owner. It happens,” she said Wednesday, adding that she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun. No one was injured.

Bullshit. Yes, the language is called for here. Yes, negligent (that’s negligent, not accidental) discharges can happen. However, they shouldn’t and if they do, you should own your mistake so others can learn from it.

You were not following proper safety procedures. Your finger was on the trigger while you were trying to unload it. If the gun really did fire without the trigger being pulled I would think you’d have a pretty good lawsuit against Ruger, but we all know that’s not what happened.

Also, “I’m a gun owner. It happens,” really?! Really!?

Fortunately it seems that Combs at least had enough to common sense to follow one of the four safety rules and had the gun pointed in a (presumably) safe direction (unless her office was on the second floor and she pointed it at the ground, in which case she was 0 for 4).

I don’t mean to be overly harsh here, and as I said, negligent discharges can happen, but if they do you should be honest with yourself and others about what happened and try to learn from the experience.

Edited to add: It is legal to carry a gun in the Kentucky State Capitol building if you have a carry permit. Combs does have a valid Kentucky carry permit.

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