A gun-control organization is calling for the resignation of a state representative after her gun misfired Tuesday in her Capitol Annex office.
The Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America issued a press release Wednesday calling for
Rep. Leslie Combs to step down.
The group said as a concealed-carry permit holder, Combs “should understand the risks of handling a loaded gun within close proximity of others.”
“Moms Demand Action will not wait for another ‘accidental’ and preventable tragedy to happen,” the group said in a statement. “We are calling for the immediate resignation of Rep. Combs as incidents such as this cannot be tolerated, especially by our elected officials.”
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — a group formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting — urged its members to contact lawmakers to push for the ban of firearms in city- and state-owned and operated properties.
Combs, D-Pikeville, said in a statement released Wednesday that no one was “hurt or in harm’s way.” She was following standard safety procedures when the gun accidentally discharged, according to the statement.
“I urge everyone to be extremely cautious with their firearm,” Combs said in the statement. “I know from personal experience how easy it is to discharge a firearm accidentally.”
Combs, who said she’s held a concealed-carry permit for years, was absent from the House floor Wednesday and was not available for comment.
The Kentucky State Police’s legislative detail investigated the incident and found no evidence that “any portion of the round traveled outside Rep. Combs’ office,” according to the statement.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he asked KSP to investigate the matter, which was determined to be an unintentional discharge. No charges will be filed against Combs, and Stumbo called the incident “unfortunate.”
Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, was in the room when the gun discharged, Stumbo said. Combs pointed the handgun away from her fellow lawmaker when she pulled the trigger, thinking the firearm was unloaded, he said, and the bullet ricocheted off the floor and pieces of the round struck a bookshelf.
“Leslie, I know, is very concerned and probably somewhat embarrassed about the situation,” Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said. “By law she’s entitled to have that weapon on these premises. By law she can even carry it onto the House floor if she chose to do so.”
The only place in the Capitol that prohibits firearms is the Supreme Court courtroom, Stumbo said.