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Couple arraigned on firearm charges

Timothy Kuhns II, a convicted felon, knew very well he was prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm, so he had his wife fill out the necessary paperwork and purchase a handgun for him at an area gun shop, Old Lycoming Township police Sgt. Christopher Kriner alleged in an affidavit.

Kuhns, 31, accompanied his wife, Amanda Kuhns, 34, to the gun shop, letting her “do all the talking,” but Timothy paid for the gun, using cash from “his unemployment check,” Kriner said.

However, Amanda Kuhns was well aware that her husband was a convicted felon and was not to have a firearm, police alleged.

Police last week received information that the couple had a firearm in their mobile home at 3650 Dewey Ave. Extension in Lycoming Township.

Officers executed a search warrant at the property on Wednesday morning and seized the handgun the couple purchased. It was loaded and on a kitchen counter, Kriner said, adding that two small children also live in the home.

Now the husband and wife each face felony and misdmeanor charges filed at the office of District Judge William Solomon.

The information about the couple owning the firearm came from a home healthcare worker who visited the couple’s house, Kriner said.

After he purchased the firearm, Timothy Kuhns showed the weapon to the home health aide, even “bragging” about having the gun and “being a felon which (meant) that he was not allowed to possess a firearm,” Kriner said.

Before Amanda Kuhns bought the gun, Tim Kuhns had attempted to purchase a firearm at another dealer, but was turned away by a clerk after Kuhns, convicted of burglary in 2006, refused to submit to a background check, Kriner said.

Timothy Kuhns was arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on convicted felon not to possess a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Amanda Kuhns was arraigned on charges of carrying a firearm without a license and unsworn falsification to authorities for putting down false information on a government form. A question on the form asked if she was purchasing the firearm strictly for herself. She answered “yes,” but she was in fact buying it for her husband, Kriner said. She was released on $25,000 bail