Kentucky State Rep. Leslie Combs accidentally fired a handgun at the Capitol Annex on Tuesday as she was cleaning her weapon. Luckily, nobody was injured. This puts Combs in the same category as the responsible legislative gun owners such as Dave Evans of Missouri, who foolishly left his loaded gun in the bathroom stall in the state’s capitol; Kyle Tasker of New Hampshire who fumbled his gun right onto the House floor in the middle of a committee meeting; and our favorite gun-totin’ lawmaker, Lori Klein of Arizona, who actually pulled a loaded gun from her purse and aimed it at a reporter with the safety disengaged.
Those were good time, but here’s the funny part: All of the above mentioned were Republicans, so while making her case for bipartisanship, it’s so wonderful to see Rep. Combs (D-Pikeville) paying tribute to her Republican colleagues as a responsible gun owner.
“I’m a gun owner. It happens,” she said, adding that she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun. “I was going through the process as I have been trained to do,” Combs said. “I had it pointed in the proper direction.”
Apparently the process in which she was trained to clean her gun did not include verifying that the weapon she was handling was unloaded.
Kentucky State Police stated no charges would be filed in the Combs incident as “No evidence of criminal acts were observed.” I’m guessing the State Police never asked Combs why she felt the need to clean her gun at the Capitol Annex in the first place.
h/t: Courrier Journal