WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed January 8, 2014
Lawmaker Whose Gun Accidentally Went Off at State Capitol Won't Face Criminal Charges
No charges will be filed after a Kentucky lawmaker accidentally fired her personal handgun in her Capitol office.
Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs released a statement acknowledging that the gun went off indoors Tuesday, hitting a wall and a bookshelf.
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 press charges.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the incident doesn't mean the laws that allow guns in the capitol should be changed.
“I don’t see anything that needs to be changed," the Floyd County Democrat said. "Somebody’s gonna have to convince me otherwise. I mean, it was an unintentional discharge. I think it’s good policy that people like Leslie who, females, who work here late, have to go to their cars, go to functions, sometimes they’re trying by theirselves [sic], have the right to carry and protect theirselves.”
The story has gained national attention, but Stumbo says he doesn't think it will hurt the state's reputation.