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Knicks’ Raymond Felton arrested on gun charges

Knicks’ Raymond Felton was released on $25,000 bond after his wife turned in a loaded handgun.

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Knicks’ Raymond Felton was released on $25,000 bond after his wife turned in a loaded handgun.

NEW YORK — Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday, following his early-morning arrest after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the basketball star to a police precinct, claiming she no longer wanted it in their home, authorities said.

Felton was seemingly upbeat as he appeared before Judge Diana Boyar, nodding affirmatively after he was ordered to stay away from his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton. He did not enter a plea, which is common for this stage in the case.

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‘‘Mr. Felton has no interest in having contact’’ with her, one of his lawyers, James Walden, told the judge. Court records show she filed for divorce from Felton last week.

Felton was released on $25,000 bail and was ushered into an SUV following his arraignment. Under the terms of his bond, Felton can travel to games, bail bondsman Ira Judelson said.

Prosecutors said they were told Felton stored the Belgian-made FN Herstal model handgun in the home from August through February.

A lawyer for Felton’s wife, a student at Fordham University School of Law, dropped off the weapon at a station house on Manhattan’s upper West Side Monday evening, shortly before tipoff of the Knicks game against the Mavericks at Madison Square Garden, police said.

The gun had 18 rounds of live ammunition in its magazine, which can hold about 20 rounds, prosecutors said.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal possession of a firearm. The firearm charge is punishable by up to four years in prison. The weapons charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison. The section under which he was charged concerns having a large-capacity ammunition magazine.

Police had arrested Felton on charges that included a mid-level weapons-possession charge that can entail having a loaded gun outside one’s home or business or having a loaded gun with the intention to use it against someone.

Investigators reached Felton by contacting the director of security at Madison Square Garden after his wife made a statement to detectives Monday night, police said. Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, not long after the Knicks’ buzzer-beater loss.

The former North Carolina star made no statement after he arrived at the precinct with a lawyer, police said.

A Knicks spokesman has said the team had no immediate comment. An attorney for Raymondo-Felton didn’t comment. The Knicks did not have a game scheduled Tuesday.

Felton had 8 points and 7 assists Monday in the Knicks’ 110-108 loss to Dallas.

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