Boys, ages 15 and 16, had a rifle and a pistol on the Red Line downtown, Chicago police say

Images of the two guns that Chicago police say they recovered from two teenagers on the Red Line. | Chicago Police Department

Chicago — Two juvenile boys, riding the Red Line in downtown Chicago at 1 a.m., were carrying a rifle and a pistol when Chicago police officers stopped them for smoking on a train car, according to CPD.

The cops were patrolling the State-Lake platform early Thursday when they saw the boys, ages 15 and 16, smoking together on a standing train, Chicago police said.

While interviewing the teens, officers discovered that the younger boy was carrying a rifle and the other was armed with a “ghost gun” pistol.

Both boys are charged with felony gun violations.

Police did not release any other details about the teens because they are juveniles.

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