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Police received a report that afternoon of a boy walking on Main Road near Pocasset School with a firearm, according to Lt. Patrick Jones. Officers arrived on scene and found three boys in possession of a replica .357 or .44 magnum revolver, which turned out to be an air soft gun owned by one of the boys.
Jones said one of the youths hid the replica in a shrub. Police also recovered a rifle with a scope on it, which was also a replica owned by another youth.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.