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Father of Joplin boy faces federal gun charges


Joplin, Mo. – The father of a 13-year-old boy charged in the recent Joplin middle school shooting was charged Thursday with being a felon in possession of a gun.

Federal agents say Gregory Lynn White was arrested at his Joplin home and taken before a federal magistrate in Springfield.

White did not enter a plea, but was released on $5,000 bond.

White has two felony convictions, one for burglary in Florida and one for possession of a controlled substance in California.

Police searched White's home Monday after the school shooting in which no one was injured.

They found five rifles, two shotguns, and one pistol.

Federal law prohibits felons convicted of crimes punishable by more than one year in prison from possessing firearms.

Nobody was injured when the 13-year-old boy allegedly pointed a rifle at several students, teachers and administrators Monday at Memorial Middle School.

Police say the boy fired one shot into a ceiling before his gun jammed.

He was then talked into leaving the building and police detained him outside.

He has been charged in juvenile court with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and making terrorist threats.