A close call at the Richmond, Virginia, statehouse.

Delegate Jack Reid says he was unloading his handgun in his legislative office when the weapon went off by accident.

Reid apologized to fellow lawmakers in a brief floor statement. He says the gun discharged while he was removing the clip, and the bullet struck a bulletproof vest hanging in the office.

Reid has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Such permits are commonplace in Virginia, where even visitors with permits can carry firearms inside legislative buildings.