LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The buzz after a Kentucky state representative accidentally fired her handgun in her Capitol office on Tuesday continues to ricochet among fellow politicians, gun owners and gun critics.
On firearms blogs and on Rep. Leslie Combs' (D-Pikeville) facebook page, thousands of people are commenting on the mishap. After WHAS11 first reported the incident Wednesday morning, it has spread to media outlets across and beyond the United States.
The Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots group formed after the December, 2012 Connecticut school shooting, is calling for Combs' resignation.
"Our lawmakers should be held to the highest of standards, and should never put others in harms way," said Tracey Goodlett, Kentucky Chapter Leader in a news release. "As a concealed-carry permit holder, Rep. Combs should understand the risks of handling a loaded gun within close proximity of others."
Rep. Jeff Greer (D-Brandenburg) was meeting with Combs in her office when the gun fired. No injuries were reported.
"He was having a conversation with me," Combs explained to WHAS11 on Wednesday. "That's why I was being particularly careful about where we were talking as I was doing it. I was being particularly careful about where.. like I said, I did it according to the way Ive been trained."
"Rep. Combs’ actions set a poor example for those who hold her in high regard, including Kentucky’s children," Goodlett said.
Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates are also upset with Combs, who has been mentioned by Democratic insiders as a potential running mate in the 2015 gubernatorial election.
"You followed standard safety procedures by firing the gun to see if it was unloaded?!" wrote Thomas Byun on Combs' Facebook page. "It wasn't an accident. You were negligent by not checking the chamber. You aren't doing gun owners any favors when incidents like this happen and get reported all over the world."
"As a firearm instructor, I've learned that familiarity coupled with complacency contributes to an inadvertent discharge of a firearm like this," added Ed Mejias of the Bronx, NY.
"Resign," posted Lynn Harris of Montclair, Virginia. "Your gross negligence nearly killed or wounded a colleague. Your right to bear arms stops when you endanger someone's life. Authorities should revoke your permit and charge you with a crime."
A Kentucky State Police investigation concluded the shooting was an "accidental discharge" and Combs would not be charged with any crime.
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