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Ky. lawmaker apologizes after gunshot in her office

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Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pike County. Photo from Combs' Facebook page. Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pike County. Photo from Combs' Facebook page.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP and WDRB) -- A Kentucky lawmaker says she accidentally fired her gun in her office in the Capitol Annex.

Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs of Pikeville said Wednesday that no one was hurt or in harm's way when the gun went off Tuesday -- the opening day of the legislative session.

Combs said in a statement that the incident was investigated by the state police's legislative detail.  She says state police found no evidence to indicate any portion of the round went outside her office. No charges will be filed.

Combs says she obtained her concealed-carry permit several years ago.

Reports Wednesday quoted Combs as saying the handgun fired as she was attempting to unload it.  No one was hurt.

Combs posted a statement about the incident on her Facebook page late Wednesday.  It said in part:  

"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 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.'"

Combs said she carries a gun for safety, "as I travel widely and sometimes at night."

"I urge everyone to be extremely cautious with their firearm. I know from personal experience how easy it is to discharge a firearm accidentally," she continued.

The incident renewed questions of who can carry concealed weapons in the State Capitol and the Capitol Annex.  Those with concealed-carry permits are allowed to do so.  

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