Police in Queens, NY were contacted by school administrators after an 8-year-old boy purchased a handgun from a fellow classmate for $3.
The boy thought the gun was a toy and took it home to show his mother. When she realized he was holding a real gun, she took her son and the pistol back to school, where administrators alerted the police.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the gun had "three live rounds in it and … a live round was found on the floor of the school room."
The 8-year-old who sold the gun has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon. His father has also been charged with criminal possession and acting in a manner to injure a minor.
The father allegedly purchased the gun for "self-protection."
It's so unbelievably shocking that parents are still recklessly purchasing hand guns and allowing their children to have access to them.
We don't blame the boy's mother for being outraged. So many people could have been hurt. Thankfully, there was no damage.
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