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Old January 8, 2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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State Legislator Fires First Shot of the Session

Yep, we are gun friendly here in Kentucky. Just a few days after the legislature began a new session, a state legislator's handgun "accidentally" discharged today in her office in the state capitol annex. Rep. Leslie Combs was with another state legislator at the time. Both are Democrats. Thus, Rep. Combs is helping destroy two myths about gun owners -- they're all male and they're all Republican. As the story says, "There was no immediate word on what caused the gun to discharge." http://www.wave3.com/story/24395916/...x-in-frankfort. Maybe she was showing off her Christmas present?
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Old January 8, 2014, 03:32 PM   #2
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Old January 8, 2014, 03:33 PM   #3
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As the story says, "There was no immediate word on what caused the gun to discharge."

My money is on someone's finger was on the trigger.
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Old January 8, 2014, 03:34 PM   #4
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Well, there are those other myths
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Old January 8, 2014, 03:47 PM   #5
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Well, we've had this lady, Lori Klein, and this guy all showing irresponsible behavior with firearms.

If our elected officials can't be trusted with guns, how can we ever trust the general populace with them?
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Old January 8, 2014, 04:38 PM   #6
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Follow up from another news source --
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“I’m a gun owner. It happens,” she said Wednesday, adding that she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun.
http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...nclick_check=1

Remind me to steer well clear of this lady.
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Old January 8, 2014, 05:01 PM   #7
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Jim, you'd be amazed how often I've heard that sentiment over the years.

Strangely enough, in over three decades of handling firearms, it has yet to happen to me. Go figure.
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Old January 8, 2014, 05:49 PM   #8
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“I’m a gun owner. It happens,” she said Wednesday,…
Well I’m a gun owner, and have been for 40 years. (I'm 54 years old) It’s never happened to me.

(knock on wood)
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Old January 8, 2014, 06:27 PM   #9
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Ouch!

Well, that hurts the cause.

(I'm kind of jealous Kentucky has a female Democratic gun owner. But after what she did, maybe not so much.)
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Old January 8, 2014, 07:02 PM   #10
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My money is on someone's finger was on the trigger
Yep. Booger hook on the bang switch will do it almost every time.
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Old January 8, 2014, 08:22 PM   #11
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"She was emptying the weapon and she thought that it was empty and pointed it away and down and pulled the trigger and it went off," said Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg. "Thankfully, no one was hurt.
source: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/art...ke-5125068.php

At least she had the integrity to own up to the mistake rather than play the "gosh, I don't know how it discharged on its own" card. Her lack of judgment in the initial act, however, still remains.
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Old January 8, 2014, 08:58 PM   #12
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So when will her CCW be pulled, isn't discharging a firearm in a federal building a felony?
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Old January 8, 2014, 10:12 PM   #13
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So when will her CCW be pulled, isn't discharging a firearm in a federal building a felony?
Lots of people in Kentucky will be shocked to learn that their Statehouse is a federal building, I'm guessing.
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Old January 8, 2014, 10:16 PM   #14
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Related story....

A few years ago, I heard there was a media item/dispute over a 1700s era rifle on display in the hall of the MA State assembly. The elected officials there were considering passing a new state law that required all firearms to have a safety lock on them when not in use.

I'm not sure how those political leaders dealt with that incident.

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Old January 9, 2014, 01:45 AM   #15
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At least she knew enough to point the gun in a safe direction before pulling the trigger of an "unloaded" gun.
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Old January 9, 2014, 02:27 AM   #16
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why was she unloading it anyway, if she was leaving alone in her office she should have a safe to put it into negating the need to unload it.
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Old January 9, 2014, 10:08 AM   #17
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she was following safety precautions as she unloaded her Ruger 380 semi-automatic handgun.
That gun seems to be popular with careless politicians.
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Old January 9, 2014, 10:39 AM   #18
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We've had a rash of "cleaning my gun" accidents around here lately. Here's the latest.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/D4...er-s-apartment

P.S. Article is on page 2 under Stray Bullet Damages Car.
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Old January 9, 2014, 10:43 AM   #19
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I blame the Bourbon. I used to live in Lexington. I know Bourbon!

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Old January 9, 2014, 12:46 PM   #20
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The LCP - well, luckily the coyotes don't vote as Gov. Perry used his to defend his puppy. They were even selling autographed versions for a bit in TX.

The raspberry LCP is a pretty color.

Ok - don't forget the power of the brain passing of gas. I have seen very top of the line gun trainers and competitors make similar mistakes. I saw one draw a loaded Glock on a crowd of folks to demonstrate a question about draw stroke.

A look of absolute horror crossed his face. Another rotated incorrectly negotiating carrying a hostage dummy in a scenario and swept others. He holstered and asked for DQ. A beloved expert left a gun with rounds in a safe area that led to another making an ND. Another shot his car with his Kahr.

It can happen to anyone with a mental lapse.
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Old January 9, 2014, 01:05 PM   #21
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Maybe I'm too paranoid about the issue, but I fear that if firearm owners as a group don't start handling firearms more safely, gun control advocates will have the "public safety" issue they need to justify more control. Way too many of these incidents for my taste.
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Old January 9, 2014, 02:35 PM   #22
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Glenn --

Sounds like a version of the desk pop.
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Old January 9, 2014, 04:58 PM   #23
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That is classic! Sounds like the guy who hung a semi on the coat hook of the restroom stall in the police station. The trigger was depressed and supposedly it spun like a rapidly firing pinwheel.
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Old January 9, 2014, 06:09 PM   #24
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It can happen to anyone with a mental lapse.
Yes, but I doubt any of the people you mentioned shrugged it off and said, "well, that just happens."
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Old January 9, 2014, 06:26 PM   #25
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That's right. They were very critical and angry with themselves.
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