Dustin Reininger: Texas Dude With a Truckload of Guns Forced to Remain in New Jersey Gulag
Second Amendment-hating New Jersey judges rejected a Texas man's appeal on a 2010 conviction of illegal possession of multiple firearms this week, but the case may soon be headed for New Jersey's Supreme Court.
Rockport resident Dustin Reininger's Kafka-esque nightmare began in 2009, when he was driving through Readington, New Jersey. Like many weary travelers, he parked his SUV behind a bank, curled up, and went to sleep, surrounded by "14 rifles, four shotguns, and three handguns" and some hollow-point sounds.
Unfortunately, his slumber was interrupted by a few of New Jersey's finest peeked through the window, saw guns in plain sight on his backseat, and conducted a warrantless search. Reidinger reportedly told the officers he was moving to Texas from Maine, but had a Rockport address, according to the Associated Press.
He was convicted "on several weapons counts, including illegal possession of shotguns, rifles, hollow-point bullets, and a high-capacity magazine," the AP story states.
A three-judge panel denied Reidinger's appeal, in which he argued in part that New Jersey's gun laws were unconstitutional.
Reidinger's lawyer, Evan Nappen told the AP that the warrantless search was illegal, alleging that "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."
Just like Desperado!
We tell ya -- what has this country become, when a dude can't even catch a few Z's behind a bank with a truckload of guns?
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.