NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -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.
The 35-year-old McKie denied being the subject of such an order when he applied to buy the guns in April, authorities said. The purchase was denied when the information surfaced in a background check, but his request was forwarded to state police.
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.
McKie went to Temple and then played for Portland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Los Angeles in a 13-year pro career. He went to the NBA Finals with the 76ers in 2001.

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