In Newspaper Ad, Sheriff Explains Leaving Gun in Restroom

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A county sheriff in Eastern North Carolina took out a paid advertisement to explain why he accidentally left his gun and holster in a grocery store restroom.

In the ad, which appeared in Friday’s edition of The Daily News of Jacksonville, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said he was preoccupied with the needs and safety of his grandchildren, whom he was caring for at the time.

Brown said he placed the holster and gun behind the toilet paper rack but forgot them when he walked out to meet his young grandchildren, who were waiting outside. A preacher found the equipment minutes later and returned it.

“I’ve lived my life under a microscope since I’ve been sheriff,” Brown said in an interview with the newspaper. “I don’t try to hide things.”

Brown characterized the incident as his “most embarrassing event” and said he’s thankful the gun didn’t land in the wrong hands. He said he would be understanding if it had happened to someone else on his staff.

“I’d take into consideration that they are human,” Brown said.

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