Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

14-year old Michigan boy stole gun from vehicle intending to give to other teens

A 14-year old Traverse City, Michigan boy was found by his father to have stolen a handgun from a vehicle, intending to deliver it to another 14-year old boy and a 16-year old boy.

The gun owner did not realize the gun was missing until police told him.  It was not reported why the gun owner had left the gun in an unlocked and unoccupied car, or why he didn't realize it was missing.

From an article:

The investigation involves two 14-year-old Traverse City males and one 16-year-old male, Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department Capt. Dave Meachum said. 
A Sheriff’s Department detective located the gun, a .40 caliber semiautomatic, at about noon Monday in Traverse City. 
“We’re pleased to get (the gun) buttoned up in the Sheriff’s Department basement and off the street,” Meachum said. 
Law enforcement first learned about the crime after one of the teen’s fathers reported Facebook posts about the stolen firearm. 
One of the 14-year-olds told investigators he took the pistol from the vehicle about two weeks ago. He intended to give the gun to the other teens, Meachum said. 
The registered owner of the pistol did not realize the firearm was gone until investigators contacted him.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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