Skip to comments.New Jersey gun laws punish TX man for legally owned guns
Posted on 06/07/2013 4:31:36 AM PDT by bryan999
Dustin Reininger is a U.S. veteran and former police officer serving 3-5 years in a New Jersey prison for possession of firearms that he legally owned. As a result of the extreme and unjust New Jersey gun laws, Reininger was convicted of illegal possession of firearms as he was passing through the state.
Dustin Reininger is not from New Jersey. He was actually moving from Maine to Texas and was driving through New Jersey when he parked his car in a parking lot to rest for the night. Reininger was awakened in the night by police officers who searched his vehicle without a warrant. This unwarranted search was deemed justified because the officer saw two gun cases in the back of the vehicle. Reininger was transporting his entire gun collection that day and was arrested immediately.
Under the Firearm Owners Protection Act, citizens are actually allowed to transport firearms from state to state regardless of the legality of the guns between departure point and destination. For full protection under this act, however, citizens must keep their firearms locked in either the trunk or a case. Reiningers only error was keeping his firearms in an unlocked case.
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Lesson to Learn: If you are a gun owner - move out of the North East of the US - wake up early - and don’t stop until you get to IN or KY!
This is what they call “Justice” in New Jersey.
Nah, wrong lesson.
Put on robes and wear a towel on your head.
Hell, you could have 273 guns sitting on the front seat, and not a one of those officers would jump to any conclusions then.
You could have a fully automatic AK-47 there, and they still wouldn’t dare say anything.
Simple solution to the problem. Texas, Maine, and other states that think New Jersey citizens are idiots for their laws should make them pay. When traveling through other states with a NJ plate, LE pull them over and search them for any violation of the law they can find. NJ shows they, like NY, are not similar thinking states of these United States and should be treated as such.
Payback is the only weapon. Every right thinking gun state should target cars with NJ plates. Pull them over, check for every violation possible. Jail them for even the smallest of offenses. Then do a prisoner exchange for this poor man.
But the usual suspects will insist that the police are on our side (whatever that means)
NJ police marching note swat style helmets and 0bama banners
Letters to Cornyn and Cruz might be the best way to start this ball rolling
He will know next time to stay his ass out of New Jersey. I do.
Can Christie paardon this guy? If he can but won’t that says a lot.
That bad up there- uh?...probably the reason why I don’t travel to that part of the nation...Last time i went through was in 2008 coming home from Iraq and had to fly into JFK - a bunch of Moslems ran towards me trying to grab my bags - and I verbally told them to back the hell up - and saw an Italian Catholic driver as he was laughing watching me...he hooked me up with a ride over to Laguardia Airport...apparently that’s a common thing in the airport!
Yes, he can. State law, he’s the chief enforcement agent.
Let’s all start carrying empty gun cases around. Let’s swamp the system.
From the article:
The pardon process exists for situations like this. Dustin Reininger has more than paid his debt to society
I take exception to this statement. Reininger has no "debt to society." He is a victim of the NJ police state.
The police who arrested him, the prosecutor who prosecuted him, and the judge that sentenced him are the ones who owe.
It is said that in the 30’s Hitler copied the uniform design of the NJ State Police for the SS uniforms.
I’m not up there. My comments were meant to address the idea that this guy gets the book thrown at him, and yet some groups can stand up on planes yelling and causing a commotion, and they get off scott free.
I’m just getting more than a little tired of the treatment of citizens vs the treatment of foreign nationals, or protected groups.
At baggage check I unlocked the case and the check-in guy asked me to "clear the weapons" - the reaction of others in line when I racked the shotgun was priceless......
It would seem to me to be prosecutor’s discretion whether to prosecute such a case given the circumstances. Starting with the SS Storm Trooper cop who arrested this guy and proceding up the chain to the prosecutor’s office there obviously is a serious mental problem in NJ not to mention any belief in the second amendment. My dad used to be a cop in NJ long ago, I cannot envision him even arresting this guy, more probably he would have swapped gun stories with him. Alas, arrests like this is what passes for effective law enforcement in that crap hole of a state now. Add NJ to the list of states in the North East I would gladly cede back to the King.
The free state of Pennsylvania is just a few minutes away. New Jersey's firearms laws are stupid and draconian, but that the state has awful firearm laws is well known even if you're not an ex-LEO.
Sad to say, but I doubt that Christie will pardon this one.
I agree on the prosecutorial discretion; his defense attorney makes some additional sound arguments. But there are other facts to this story - that really hurt him - like he was “in abstentia” when convicted by a jury.
Yepp, you are right on the additional facts, and reasonable suspicion - why not sleep at the rest stop?
It was also reported that he had some empty gun cases in plain view in the back seat, which then led to the search of the trunk.
How much time has he served already? His trial, which he didn’t attend, and conviction was back in 2011 according to one article I read.
Like everything, there is more to the story.
It’s hard to determine the facts from what is presented here and other info on the net doesn’t seem to help, imo.
Anyone who lives in New Jersey and does not have plans to get out needs an intervention.
Official Web Site of Dustin Shane Reininger
Help save this guy
Not only gun cases, but start wearing empty holsters everywhere, semi-concealed or open carry. The libs with their panties in a wad will be calling in man-with-a-gun continuously and overwhelm the system.
Oh, and fill the holsters with copies of the Constitution!
As soon as he hit the state line, or landed at O'Hare and drove off to his new home, he figured he would have been in violation of some of our STOO-PID™ Firearm laws. And he's right., folks have actually been arrested when Legally Transporting rifles per IL Law.
[First he thought of driving his RV 'down here', then decided to fly. Either way, screwed.]
oh yeah...it’s a shame that certain “known violent” cultures get catered to in this nation...
< He will know next time to stay his ass out of New Jersey. I do. >
We need to compile a list of states to avoid while vacationing. I will NOT go anywhere that won’t allow me to take a gun along for self-protection from predators. If all gunowners would boycott the states that violate the 2nd Amendment, we could at least make their politicians pay for their stupidity!
"At the trial the jury was told about the exceptions under New Jersey's gun laws. Under those laws firearms do not have to be registered, nor is a permit required if they are merely being transported from one place where it is legal to have them to another place where it is legal to have them. However they must "be carried unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, securely tied package, or locked in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported."
"Police testified at the trial that the SUV did not have a trunk, and some rifles and shotguns were in unlocked nylon or vinyl cases on the backseat of Reininger's vehicle. They testified that the handgun was loaded and in the glove compartment, contrary to federal law."
His car was an SUV and it's not clear form the story if the long guns were in the second row seat or in the wayback. I wonder if he had the best legal representation. Also, he was tried and convicted in absentia. That probably didn't help him.
Needs repeating - Dustin Reininger is a U.S. veteran and former police officer serving 3-5 years in a New Jersey prison for possession of firearms that he legally owned
No money for motel room = probably no money for good representation either.
While I think his sentence is ridiculous, he did have a loaded handgun within reach of the driver, which is illegal in most states, not just Joisy.
If that’s how NJ offers “Full Faith and Credit” to citizens of other states, then NJ should be made to pay.
>While I think his sentence is ridiculous<
That’s a ‘HUGE’ understatement
By your statement you seem to be a ‘Conformist’
This should piss you off to no end
“Anyone who lives in New Jersey and does not have plans to get out needs an intervention”
State employees are required now by state law to live in NJ.
NJ gun laws are draconian at best, tending toward stalin/kgb laws. You are not supposed to stop anywhere else on route to or from a gun range,even if the guns are in a locked case,in a locked trunk. Yet we have Camden, Patterson, Newark and even Trenton cowering under gang guns & murders. http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/newjersey.pdf
“..It is said that in the 30s Hitler copied the uniform design of the NJ State Police for the SS uniforms....”
Hugo Boss designed the German SS uniforms.
Similar, maybe, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch...
lets all face it.
The north east is a different country, I;ve been up there and it felt like I was in a twilight zone.
The laws, the prices, the attitudes, they way they fdrive, the middle finger to people, the arrogance and ignorance and it is homo, pro illegal, anti family, high tax and anti gun.
Why anyone still lives up there is beyond me, Yea I hear the usual of family , work etc but my wife is form there and she left it all behind looked for another job, left her family and now lives more free in north east FL
I believe that comment was a bit of hyperbole
From that sickening toilet.
Just stick your nose in the air and steer AWAY from the stench.
So what? It was illegal to be educated in PolPot's Cambodia. It was a death sentence to be a Jew in Hitler's Germany. It was a 10 year sentence in Siberia to be considered counterrevolutionary in the former soviet union.
The constitution doesn't say the right to keep and BEAR arms is restricted to the government and its goons.
For the Lying Liberal Losers, Justice means....Just Us!
Not here in Texas. We have what's called Castle Doctrine.
I somewhat struggle with the cultural situation involving Islamic adherents. Don’t think that I am not realistic about what a threat they represent though.
The problem for me is that there are many Islamic adherents in our nation. Most are just trying to get along in life for the most part.
Even then there’s an insidious problem that is growing though.
Christianity has lived in peace along side the Jewish faith and a number of others on our soil. We each respected each other’s members and beliefs, and things were peaceful and harmonious.
In comes the Islamic adherents and all of a sudden there is push-back across the board. Christianity is now under fire and must make concessions everywhere. That is wrong. If people want to come to our country and live in harmony, then fine, do so. If they want to come here and make us change to make them comfortable, no way.
So even though there is only a small percentage of these people who carry out acts of terrorism, the fact that they are here at all, is very corrosive of our culture.
We are having to change our nation in ways we haven’t had to in over 230 years. That isn’t right.
So when someone from the Justice Department references us putting down the followers of Islam, they have it completely 180 degrees back asswards.
Is is not us who is demeaning the followers of Islam.
It is the followers of Islam who are demeaning and disrespecting the Followers of Christ, Christianity.