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Felon arrested on gun charge

Lawton_A convicted felon is behind bars again after Lawton police caught him with more than half a dozen guns.

Police were called to a home at Northwest 19th and Smith, where witnesses said Phillip McCoy, a convicted felon, was seen loading his car with several weapons and an unusually large amount of ammo.

When police arrived, they saw McCoy carrying what looked to be a gun wrapped in a blanket into his car. When police confronted him, they spotted another gun on the floor of his car.

"He told them they were his. At that time, they placed him under arrest for possession of a firearm after former felony conviction," said Lawton Police Captain Craig Akard.

Akard says police then searched McCoy's car and found much more.

"There were, I believe, eight weapons all together and numerous round of ammunition and reloading equipment."

Akard says while it isn't illegal to own multiple weapons or to have a stockpile of ammo, it is for Phillip McCoy or any other convicted felon, regardless of the intentions.

"We have no reason to believe that he was selling them or trafficking them or anything like that. To the best of my knowledge, he just collected them. He just had them," said Captain Akard.

He says even though police don't believe McCoy was trafficking the guns, they were putting the public at risk while in his possession.

"If he had them in the car, and that's where he was storing them, and that was outside, then, if someone got wind of it, a car is a whole lot easier to break into than a house is. Someone could have broken into the car, then we've got eight more weapons out on the street along with a lot of ammunition."

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