A concerned citizen called police Tuesday to report seeing a boy tuck what appeared to be a large handgun into his waistband and board a city bus on the north side of Madison, according to police.
Madison police said the caller was a passenger in a car on Trailsway at North Sherman Avenue at about 5:10 p.m.
The caller told police which bus the boy had boarded.
Police called Madison Metro and the bus driver pulled over. Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said an officer and a Dane County deputy boarded the bus, which was carrying three other people and the boy. The boy initially denied he was carrying a weapon, but police found the look-alike gun in the boy's backpack.
Police said there were no markings on the BB gun to indicate it was a toy.
DeSpain said it's against Madison city ordinance for anyone under 18 years old to go anywhere armed with a pellet or BB gun. The boy was taken off the bus and returned to his family. No citations were issued.