CRIME

Hawaii Teen Arrested For Bringing A Rifle To McDonald's Dispute

The boy allegedly displayed the weapon to scare off bullies.

The Honolulu Police Department has taken a 15-year-old boy into custody after he brought a semi-automatic rifle to a dispute in a McDonald's parking lot on Monday afternoon.

As seen in the cell phone video above, obtained by local station Hawaii News Now, the teen sat on a moped while displaying the rifle to a group of people arguing nearby. A police sergeant patrolling the area pulled over and ordered the teen to put the gun down.

The boy complied and was arrested for first-degree reckless endangerment and a firearms violation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Upon further investigation, police discovered that the rifle had been fired nearby.

Sources told Hawaii News Now that the teen had taken the gun from a family member in order to scare off people who were bullying him.

Under state law, if a person under 16 gains access to a firearm without parental permission, the owner of the firearm may be guilty of a misdemeanor, according to the Hawaii Rifle Association.

Emergency Medical Services reported treating the suspect, but he was not taken to the hospital. The teen was not identified by local media because he is a juvenile.

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