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New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun charges Tuesday, after his wife alleged he threatened her with a firearm.
A police spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com that Felton was charged with three separate offenses -- second-, third-, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon -- leaving him open to both felony and misdemeanor charges.
What will prosecutors have to prove to convict Felton on these charges? Here's a general overview:
In New York, there are a number of weapons which are illegal to possess, like ninja stars and switchblades. But knowingly possessing an unlicensed or unregistered pistol or revolver is also illegal.
Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon is a Class A misdemeanor and only requires that the gun was "operable" and that the defendant knew he or she had it.
This can be seen as a felony version of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and requires the defendant to:
The most serious charge leveled against Felton is this Class C felony. To convict, a jury would have to find that Felton either possessed a loaded weapon, possessed a machine gun or disguised gun with intent to use it against another person, or possessed five or more guns outside his home or place of business.
When Felton was arrested, police told ESPNNewYork.com that he was "in possession of a gun he wasn't registered to have."
Although weapons charges have been stacked against Felton, as of Tuesday, no charges had been filed with respect to the alleged assault on Felton's wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, which triggered Felton's arrest.
But even without assault charges, if Felton is convicted of the most serious gun charge, he could potentially face several years in prison.
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