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Local man arrested on gun charges

GREENFIELD — Police arrested a local man on several felony firearms charges after responding to his house for a domestic disturbance.

Police recovered a stolen Sig Sauer 229 semi-automatic handgun, and large-capacity magazines containing hollow point bullets that the suspect hid before officers arrived, according to a police report by Sgt. David Rice.

The handgun was reported stolen from a Leverett home in a Dec. 26, 2009 burglary, along with a second handgun, three long guns, several magazines, a “large amount of ammunition” and other items, according to court documents.

Police were called to 14 Sanderson St. at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday for a disturbance, and learned that the man involved had left the house, possibly to stash his gun, before returning.

Jonathan Joon French, 32, of 14 Sanderson St., pleaded innocent to charges of possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, receiving a stolen firearm valued over $250, possession of a firearm without a permit, two counts of possession of a large-capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without a permit, improper storage of a large-capacity firearm, domestic assault and battery, and intimidating a witness Wednesday in Greenfield District Court.

His girlfriend called police after an argument over money escalated, according to a report by officer Chad Sumner.

While they argued, wrote Sumner, French held the couple’s infant son, and blocked his girlfriend with an outstretched arm when she tried to take the baby from him.

He then told her he would get his gun if she came any closer, according to the report.

His girlfriend told police that French had a handgun that was missing its serial number, according to Sumner.

The handgun was recovered by Rice. He found it wrapped in a sweater and thrown into the snow on the other side of a fence near the residence, according to his report. Rice wrote that the gun was not loaded, but two magazines found with it were. The two magazines contained a total of 23 .40-caliber rounds, some of which were hollow-point bullets, according to Rice.

French was ordered held without bail, Wednesday, pending a dangerousness hearing today.

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