An 8-year-old boy and his father are facing gun charges after the youngster brought a loaded handgun to a Queens elementary school Thursday and sold it to a classmate for $3, police said.
The weapon was discovered when the second boy brought the gun home and showed it to his mom, police said. The mom rushed to PS 107 in Flushing to report what happened and school officials called police.
The father of the boy who brought the loaded gun to school admitted to detectives that he owned the Taurus 9 mm, which he bought 10 years ago for protection, authorities said. Both the father, a 56-year-old Queens man, and his 8-year-old son will be charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
The boy who bought the gun for $3 is not being charged. Investigators believe the boy thought he was buying a toy gun, according to a source.
The 8-year-old busted on the gun charge will be released to a family member and his case will be heard in family court. The father will remain in custody and be arraigned sometime Friday.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education would not comment.
“The school notified the NYPD and now it’s a police matter,” said spokeswoman Margie Feinberg.