He was arrested 4 years ago and will remain in prison after an appeals court upheld his conviction on Monday, according to Stamford Advocate.
As you can imagine, Dustin was exhausted from the long drive from Texas, and he decided to stop for a quick nap before continuing his trek to his new home in Maine. Police approached the vehicle and noticed some gun cases in the back of the car.
Reininger had his whole personal gun collection with him (which is quite normal in Texas) which included 14 rifles, 4 shotguns, and 3 handguns. But he also had some hollow point ammunition. And of course hollow points are inherently evil in the state of NJ.
Upon being woken up and having his vehicle searched, Reininger was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison, with a chance for parole after 3.
The main problem the state of New Jersey had with Reininger was that his guns were not completely locked up, even though they were in cases. If he had a New Jersey firearms ID card he would have been completely legal as well, but since he did not live there or plan to live there, of course he didn’t have one of those.
Reininger had no plans of living in New Jersey or even spending much time in the state at all. I guess it’s not even safe to stop for a pit stop in the Garden State, even if they do pump the gas for you.
Reininger’s attorney is not happy with the way in which the police searched the vehicle and also that the juror’s in the case were not told about the law that allowed for gun transportation from one state to another, even if it involved going through states with more ridiculous gun laws. The law does state the guns must be locked and inaccessible, but a 3-5 year prison sentence for this oversight seems a bit petty.
After losing his appeal case, Reininger’s only hope is to go before the New Jersey Supreme Court, which of course would love to take time to hear a case like this right?
His attorney made this comment, and his points are very sound:
“All the officers saw were cases. The court is essentially saying the plain view of a gun case is a basis for a warrantless search. That means every law-abiding gun owner in New Jersey is subject to warrantless search if they transport their firearms in a gun case.”
“My recommendation to all gun owners is to transport all firearms in guitar cases,”
“If he’d had [a firearms owner ID card], he wouldn’t have been guilty of this offense. He didn’t have one because he didn’t live here. He was in transit and all the guns were lawfully his. So you have a situation where he is, in effect, turned into a criminal by New Jersey’s gun laws”
New Jersey already has given gun owners plenty of reasons not to live there, but now it seems they don’t even want us driving through their state. What do you think about this case? Leave a comment below to let us know.
Looks like we might have to make a separate category for all the stupid things NJ does to show their disdain for the 2nd amendment.
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