No one hurt as lawmaker's gun goes off in state capital office

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Reporters flocked around House Speaker Greg Stumbo Tuesday afternoon, many asking the same question about a gun that went off in Rep. Leslie Comb's office Tuesday.

"And the bullet went off, struck the floor. Shattered in pieces of it. Understand it went into a bookshelf," said Rep. Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.

The Democrat from Pikeville did not return phone calls but she did issue a statement. She called the misfire an accident and said no one was hurt or in harm's way. And she said she followed safety procedures.

"She thought she unloaded it. She pulled the trigger, firearm does not have a safety If I recall correctly. But she pointed it away from the person in the room," said Stumbo.

A source close to the situation described the damage by the bullet as significant. WKYT asked to show video of the room but legislative office staff said that was not allowed.

In the statement Combs said:
"I obtained my concealed-carry permit several years ago to better protect my safety, as I travel widely and sometimes at night. I strongly support our Second Amendment rights and our state's concealed-carry law, and believe just as strongly that gun safety and education must be part of that equation."

"By law she is allowed to have the weapon on these premises. Bu law she can even carry it on the house floor if she chooses to do so," said Stumbo.

State police did investigate the discharge and Combs said there was no evidence the bullet traveled outside her office.

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