NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Former NBA player Aaron McKie was charged Monday with trying to buy two guns despite being under a protection-from-abuse order that bars such purchases.
McKie was charged Monday with a felony gun violation and a misdemeanor charge of lying to authorities.
His lawyer, Brian McMonagle, said McKie, a Narberth resident, sought the guns to protect himself from the violence in his old Philadelphia neighborhood.
"You can make an honest mistake on a gun application and pay the price," McMonagle said. "I don't think anybody thinks he had any bad intentions here."
The protection order remains in effect through September, yet McKie checked "No" to related questions on both federal and state forms, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said.
The order, filed in Delaware County, apparently involved an ex-girlfriend, McMonagle said.