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Eagles' Gaffney faces handgun possession charge

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jabar Gaffney was
arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun
following a traffic stop last month, New Jersey county prosecutors said
Friday.

Gaffney had a permit to carry the weapon in Texas, but not in
New Jersey, Camden County prosecutors said. The charge carries a
maximum five-year sentence but most first-time offenders get no
jail time.

Gaffney, 25, was stopped on June 20 by police for driving
erratically on the Walt Whitman Bridge, which connects Philadelphia
and New Jersey. As Gaffney was reaching into the glove compartment,
the officer saw the handgun, a loaded .380 semiautomatic that was
registered to another person riding in the car.

Gaffney showed the officer his concealed-weapon license, but he
was charged and released on his own recognizance.

Gaffney's attorney, Robert A. Greenberg, said the Philadelphia
receiver will apply for a first-time offenders program in which the
charges would eventually be dismissed.

"At the time that this happened, he had laid his head down to
sleep in New Jersey maybe four or five nights, total," Greenberg
said. "It's just a very unfortunate set of circumstances."

Eagles coach Andy Reid said the charges were the result of a
misunderstanding.

"He had the gun registered in the state of Texas, he thought it
was fine on his move up here," Reid said. "Jabar is not the kind
of guy I'm too worried about. He's a pretty straight shooter. ...
No pun intended there."

Gaffney signed as a free agent with the Eagles in the offseason
following four seasons with the Houston Texans. Originally a
second-round draft pick out of Florida in 2002, Gaffney has 171
career catches for 2,009 yards and seven touchdowns. He signed a
one-year deal with the Eagles in March.