According to the Huffington Post, Arizona State Senator Lori Klein (R), who fights for gun rights, pointed a loaded gun at Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas. During an interview, Klein displayed her raspberry-pink handgun, which she keeps loaded and in her purse, to the reporter by taking it out of her purse and pointing it at his chest so she could show the red beam of the laser sight.
While the .380 Ruger gun is without a safety latch, Klein told Ruelas that he was in no danger.
The state senator says she owns several guns and has been informally trained to use each of them. Arizona gun activists have been extremely critical of Klein’s actions with the reporter.
UPDATE: AZ Central has released the following statement regarding Lori Klein’s actions:
What I will do is recap the events so that you can draw your own conclusions based on the events as they occurred.
I was asked to show the reporter my weapon so that they could take pictures of it. I ensured that the chamber was clear before displaying the weapon. That is basic gun safety and something that I do instinctively, just like virtually every gun owner.
The photographer, who was behind me at the time, asked me to show him the laser sight and I did so, turning it on and shining it on the wall in front of me (away from the photographer). During this demonstration, the reporter came and sat down in the sofa in front of me, placing himself in the line of the laser sight.
He noticed the light, then I noticed the light, then I turned it off.
I apologized and let him know that he was safe because I keep my finger out of the trigger guard. Again, that is basic gun safety. If he was uncomfortable as a result of this, he did not indicate any discomfort at that time. But I have learned several lessons that I will never forget. First, it doesn’t matter if a reporter or anyone else asks, I won’t be showing anyone my gun. It may help them take a better picture but my gun isn’t a fashion statement or accessory, it is a life-saving tool to keep me and my family safe. Second, if anyone wants to see a demonstration of any of my gun’s features, it will have to take place at a gun range. Such a demonstration would be of far greater value to them in any case as it would allow them to see more, do more, and better experience the enjoyment and security that hundreds of thousands of Arizonans enjoy as a result of our Second Amendment freedoms.
I hope this helps to answer any questions you have on the matter.
Why Senator Klein was not aware that her gun was pointing where the reporter was about to sit – and then did sit – is still unanswered.
Source: Huffington Post, AZCentral