TELLICO PLAINS, Tennessee — What would Jesus do? Probably not let this guy bring a gun to church again.
An elderly man accidentally shot himself and his wife at a Tennessee church during a discussion about church shootings, police said.
The congregation at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains had just finished up a luncheon on Thursday in advance of Thanksgiving when the subject of bringing guns to church came up, cops said.
The man, who is in his 80s, then pulled out a .380 caliber Ruger handgun and said, “I carry my handgun everywhere,” said Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The man then removed the magazine and cleared the guns chamber and began handing the weapon around. When he got it back, he replaced the magazine, chambered a round and holstered it, Parks said.
When another man asked to see the weapon, the man took it out, and apparently forgetting there was a bullet in the chamber, pulled the trigger, firing a shot.
The gun was on a table when it went off, slicing through the man’s hand and hitting his wife, who is also in the her 80s, in the abdomen. Both were rushed to a nearby hospital and were expected to recover.
Police said they didn’t expect to file any charges.