A convicted felon, who shot himself in the hand, thought that by hiding the gun, investigating deputies wouldn’t know that he had a gun in violation of the law. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Wilson, Edward Malone, 33, of the 60200 block of Stearman Avenue in Landers, had been drinking and was cleaning his handgun when the gun went off early Wednesday morning. The bullet entered the palm of Malone’s hand and traveled up his arm, coming out at the elbow. Malone drove himself to the emergency room at Hi-Desert Medical Center where the nurses called the Sheriff’s Department at 1:30 Wednesday morning. Malone initially told deputies he was mad at the gun and threw it out in the desert, but he finally told them it was hidden in the skirting of a hot tub at his residence. Deputies will file a report with the District Attorney’s office for possible charges against Edward Malone for being a felon in possession of a gun.