PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A gun charge against a state lawmaker has been dismissed after he agreed to surrender his firearms license and to contribute $500 to the state's violent crime fund.
State Rep. Peter Petrarca was charged with firing a gun in a confined area in connection with a Dec. 11 incident outside a nightclub he co-owns.
The Lincoln Democrat says the .38 caliber handgun was in his pocket when it accidentally discharged as he reached in to get his keys. No one was hurt.
A city lawyer tells The Providence Journal the charge was dismissed after authorities determined the discharge was an accident.
Petrarca, a father of three, said in a statement that "I deeply regret this unfortunate occurrence," which he said has "shaken" him.
Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.projo.com/