Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Senator denies pointing gun at reporter

Senator denies pointing gun at reporter

A first-term state lawmaker denied Monday she deliberately pointed a loaded gun at a newspaper reporter during an interview last month at the state Senate.

Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, admitted in a statement she took her .380 Ruger out of its carrying case during an interview with Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas during an interview in the lounge outside the Senate chamber.

But Klein, who refused to comment beyond her written statement, said she took the gun out for the benefit of the photographer who wanted to see it and its laser sight. She said Ruelas sat down in the path of the laser.

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