Gun accidentally discharged in church; Phoenix woman hit in leg days after Arizona governor signed pro-gun bills

A 55-year-old woman was reportedly injured in an accidental shooting at a church in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, May 29. She was taken to the hospital with a minor leg wound injury.

(Reuters/Jim Young)Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13, 2014.

"During the investigation, the 55-year-old female was accidentally struck with what appeared to be shrapnel from a round that was accidentally discharged," Lt. Mark Tovar said, as quoted by the Tucson News Now. Tovar is a spokesperson from the Phoenix Police.

One of the parishioners at the church was showing another person the weapon in the kitchen of the Church.

"And what he was doing was clearing the weapon," Tovar said. It turns out that a round inside the gun chamber discharged and struck the ceramic tile floor.

"And after it struck the floor that's when shrapnel either from the floor or the round itself struck her," Tovar continued.

The events happened at the Fire & Water International Church, which aims to maintain and inspire in everyone the worship of God and love for Christ and proclaim the beliefs of the evangelical Christian faith.

This incident comes shortly after the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, signed two pro-gun bills, while vetoing another.

With the newly signed piece of legislation, courts in Arizona can fine cities and counties up to $50,000 if they violate the state statute that prevents the local regulation of firearms. In addition, any school governing board in Arizona is now forbidden to ban someone residing near a school campus to legally possess a firearm. 

Ducey meanwhile vetoed a bill that would make the state a part of a compact with other states that aim to create uniform firearm transfer laws.

"Today, I was glad to sign Senate Bill 1266 and House Bill 2338 — two pieces of legislation that protect our Second Amendment rights," Ducey said in a statement, as quoted by AZ Central. "I have signed several other firearms bills, with a commitment to safeguarding our liberties relating to firearms," he continued.