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Gun Loaned to Democratic Governor Hopeful is Missing

A gun that was loaned to one candidate for governor is being reported as missing by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.

It was reported this week that a gun, which was in the hands of Lupe Valdez was reported missing by authorities in Dallas County. Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff and Democratic nominee for governor, was in possession of the gun during her tenure, according to the Dallas Morning News. A police report stated that the Beretta 9mm pistol used by Valdez "sustained a malfunction" while it was in her possession and is not currently in the possession of authorities. A police report was generated in the case that the gun fell into the hands of a criminal.

According to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office, it is unclear whether Valdez failed to return the gun or if Valdez returned the gun and it was lost at the department. Either way, the gun is still being counted as missing on official records. Valdez also did not clarify whether she returned the gun.

Valdez is facing Republican incumbent Greg Abbott and Libertarian Mark Tippetts in the November general election.

Photo by AIA Dallas

Photo by AIA Dallas

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