Report: Florida man reports his illegal gun stolen, is jailed

James Denson

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A Lake City man was jailed after he reported that his son had stolen his rifle.

The problem? The man, James Denson, is a convicted felon who is not allowed to own a rifle, the Lake City Police said in a press release.

The police said that Denson, 61, told them that his son had stolen a .22-caliber rifle from his bedroom. When the son was questioned, he told police that his father was lying and was trying to have him falsely arrested.

When Denson was told that he was a convicted felon who was not allowed to own a firearm, he changed his story and said he didn't actually possess the gun, police said.

Denson also said that he took possession of the rifle when he discovered kids playing with it. He took the rille from them for their own safety, he told police.

Denson is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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