The man removed the gun's magazine and cleared the chamber before showing it to other church members.
But when someone else asked to see the gun, the man pulled it from the holster, said it wasn't loaded and pulled the trigger, he said.
The couple was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and were treated for minor injures.
Elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains got together for a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, during which they talked about the November 5 massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 25 people and an unborn child were killed.
Police said a man in his 80s pulled out a.380 caliber Ruger handgun and boasted, "I carry my handgun everywhere".
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The talk turned to church shootings on Thursday as older members of First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tenn. cleaned up after a pre-Thanksgiving luncheon.
The 81-year old man took out a Ruger.38 hangun cleared it and showed it to other parishioners during an early Thanksgiving dinner on November 9 at First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains. "As far as I know, he'll get to keep it", Parks said.
The bullet hit the gun-owner in the right hand before piercing his wife's abdomen and exiting through her right forearm, ricocheting off the wall and landing by her wheelchair, according to police. It was an accidentally discharged handgun.
Knox News reports the incident happened Thursday (Nov. 16) at First United Methodist Church in East Tennessee.
Since the accidental shooting occurred during a weekday afternoon, a nearby school was put on lockdown over fears of an active shooter situation.