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Hope man arrested for illegal gun ownership

By Kevin McKinnon, 01/7/13 2:27 PM

John McKinney

A Hope man with a felony record was arrested last week after allegedly admitting he owned a gun.

John McKinney, 45, was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm after Hope Police Officer Eric Zimmer reportedly saw him throw a .38 caliber Rossi 5-shot revolver in a holster on the ground before entering the scale house at L and W Metal at 103 Greening, just outside the Hope city limits.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday following an altercation between McKinney and another man at the tobacco store on Hervey Street. Officer Zimmer stood by the scene at L and W Metal until Hempstead County Deputy Matthew Dunham arrived.

McKinney reportedly told both Officer Zimmer and Deputy Dunham that the gun belonged to him. McKinney said he was in a verbal altercation with another man at the tobacco store before he left with a woman and came to the scrap metal company to sell some cans. He said he tossed the gun beside the scale house because he didn’t want to get in trouble.

McKinney was taken to the Hempstead County Detention Facility to await a first court appearance. Charges were pending by the Hope Police Department concerning the altercation that occurred in city limits.