Teen Charged After Gun Brought to Football Practice

The gun was not loaded, police said

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    A 15-year-old boy was reportedly charged after he allegedly brought a .38 caliber pistol to a Joliet Central High School football practice.

    The sophomore was playing with the weapon at a practice on July 29 and pointed it at a teammate, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The gun was not loaded, police said.

    The teen, who is reportedly related to a Joliet police officer, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of firearm ammunition without a firearm owner identification card and aggravated assault. He could face up to one year in juvenile prison.

    Police said six rounds of .38 caliber ammunition was found in the teen’s locker Aug. 1 and the boy turned the weapon over to police.

    The teen’s identity was not being released and it is not clear how he is related to a police officer, but authorities told the Tribune the relative learned of the incident and informed Joliet police.

    The relative is not being investigated and the gun was not from the Joliet Police Department.