New York third grader charged with selling loaded gun

NEW YORK Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:03pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City third-grader and his father have been arrested after the boy sold a loaded 9mm pistol to a classmate for $3, police said on Friday.

The unidentified boy and his father, Ignacio Galvin, 54, were arrested Thursday in Queens after the buyer's mother alerted school authorities when he came home from class and showed her the weapon, thinking it was a toy.

Father-son criminal charges include three counts each of criminal possession of a gun. An additional charge of acting in a manner to injure a minor was filed against Galvin, the legal owner of the pistol.

The case was sent to the city's family court system, which handles matters involving children and families, such as child protective proceedings or juvenile delinquency cases.

Police would not confirm local media reports that the weapon's serial number had been scratched off.

(Reporting by Bernd Debusmann Jr.; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)

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