Kentucky State Representative Leslie Combs (D - Pikeville) was unloading a Ruger LCP .380 handgun in her office in the state Capitol building in Frankfort when she unintentionally discharged the gun.
The bullet struck the floor and ricocheted into a bookcase. Representative Jeff Greer (D - Brandenburg) was also in the room at the time. No one was hurt in the incident.
Combs told reporters that she was putting the gun away at the time of the incident. "I was purposely disarming it to put it up because I didn't like it and I didn't want to use it any more. I had had it in my purse I carry usually. I was particularly careful. Rep. Greet was on the other side of the room. No one was in harm's way. I made sure of that."
Combs has a concealed weapons permit for the gun. The state allows permit holders to carry loaded, hidden guns into the Capitol.
The State Police said no charges will be filed because there was no criminal intent.
"I thought it was totally clear," Combs added. "I am a gun owner. It happens."