POCATELLO -- Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen can still joke around, even after shooting himself in the hand earlier this week.

He tells KIFI-TV I can say I shot the sheriff.

Nielsen says he shot himself Monday while admiring a gun he received as an early Christmas present from his cousin.

He says he had his hand on top of the barrel and was trying to put the hammer back down when his thumb slipped. The bullet went through the fleshy part of his hand near his little finger. He says his pride is fractured, but his hand is fine.

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