Couple accidentally shot at church while discussing gun safety

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Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks said members were talking about guns at the First United Methodist Church when a man in his 80s pulled his.380 caliber Ruger handgun, according to the Associated Press and the The Knoxville News Sentinel.

As they talked about the November 5 massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, someone reportedly asked if anyone in the group brings a gun to church.

In today's "What Would Jesus Do" news, a Tennessee man shot himself in church while trying to advocate for his right to bring guns to church.

He removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun to some of the men in the church.

He said he could tell it was not loaded.

The husband and wife were flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. "He pulled it back out and said, 'With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it's not loaded'". The bullet exited the lower right side of her abdomen and struck her right forearm.

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He said the man was carrying the gun legally and no charges will be filed.

The man then pulled the trigger while the gun was lying on its side on a table and it went off, according to the News Sentinel.

The bullet missed the woman's vital organs, and the couple was listed in stable condition at a hospital, he said.

Nearby schools were placed in a temporary lockdown for the students' safety.

Parks said due to confusion between the caller who contacted 911 and dispatch, initial reports indicated the two had been shot outside the church, and that an active shooter situation may be in place.

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