To say that Raymond Felton is in hot water right now, would be putting it lightly. The New York Knicks point guard was of course arrested on Tuesday for illegal gun possession. He faces three total charges, with two of them being of the felony variety. Felton posted bail and is out walking the streets once again. But the most surprising part of all, is that the Knicks are letting him practice and play like nothing ever happened.
As we wait for more details to emerge in this case, one thing has already become clear. One of the guns Felton was in possession of, just so happens to be one of the most infamous guns in US history. That gun would be the FN Herstal Five-SeveN semiautomatic pistol, aka the ‘cop-killer’.
According to a report from the Business Insider, the Five-SeveN was orignally produced by FN Herstal back in the 1980s at the request of NATO. They apparently wanted smaller-sized weapons that were still capable of penetrating body armor. Since original producion, the Five-SeveN has been slightly altered and re-released for civilian use — thus how Felton was able to obtain one.
So given the controversial nature of this gun, because of the links to numerous police officer deaths, you can only imagine how much publicity this Felton case is going to get. In total, the point guard could get jailed for up to 15 years if he’s convicted on all charges and prosecuted to the fullest extent.