Nye Sheriff apologizes for leaving gun in public restroom

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada county sheriff is apologizing for leaving her handgun unattended in a casino restroom last week and seeking forgiveness from voters just three weeks ahead of her re-election bid.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the May 15 lunchtime incident at the Saddle West hotel-casino is embarrassing.

In a sheriff's office Facebook message , Wehrly said she set the weapon aside in a women's room stall and left it while answering a cellphone call.

She says she was returning to the restroom when the gun was found by a casino employee.

Wehrly says the .45-caliber pistol was out of her possession for about 10 minutes before it was returned to her by a casino executive.

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