According to this report out of Knoxville, during their discussion, a man in his 80s chose to pull out his.380 Ruger and proclaim that he can "carry my handgun everywhere".
Parks said, per EMS responders, the man who owned the gun was shot across the palm of his right hand, and the man's wife was also shot.
Elders of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tenn. were discussing recent church shootings after a Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday, but the conversation turned bloody when one member asked to see another elder's.380 caliber Ruger handgun, according to the Associated Press.
The man produced the handgun from his pocket, removed the magazine, and handed it to other churchgoers to inspect. He put the magazine back in, apparently loaded a round in the chamber, and returned the gun to its holster, Parks said.
Another parishioner later asked to see the weapon.
Elderly man accidentally shoots wife at Tennessee church during talk about church shooting
The couple was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and were treated for minor injures. The bullet exited the lower right side of her abdomen and struck her right forearm.
"Evidently he just forgot that he re-chambered the weapon", Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks said, according to the News Sentinel. Both husband and wife were flown to a Knoxville hospital and are expected to survive.
Looking at the gun, he said he could tell by the "loaded indicator" that it was unloaded.
Knox News reports the incident happened Thursday (Nov. 16) at First United Methodist Church in East Tennessee.
Schools in Tellico Plains were placed on a temporary lockdown for students' safety following initial reports of an active shooter situation.