In a recent story about gun rights, a reporter got a little more than he bargained for.

Arizona Republic reporter Richard Ruelas was recently interviewing state senator Lori Klein, who's unapologetically carried her pink Ruger pistol in the state's capitol building for years -- most controversially in the days directly after US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of a mass shooting in Tuscon.

When Ruelas asked Klein about her infamous raspberry-hued firearm, she said, "Oh it’s so cute," pulled it out of her purse to show it to him -- and trained its laser sights directly on the reporter's chest.

She's since said Ruelas was in no danger. Although the gun was loaded and has no safety lock, she “didn’t have [her] hand on the trigger” and she “ensured that the chamber was clear before displaying the weapon.”

She's also stated she didn't intentionally aim the gun at Ruelas -- she aimed it at the wall and he simply happened to move in front of it. An audio recording of the interview, however, seems to discredit this account.

Terry Allison, a local member of the National Rifle Association and a gun safety expert, says, "One of the first things that we teach people ... is you never point a gun, loaded or unloaded, at anything you don't want to shoot."

Although what Klein did is technically considered assault, Ruelas says he didn't feel threatened and does not plan to file charges.

[Slate]