A U.S. veteran and former police officer, Dustin Reininger is serving 3-5 years in a New Jersey prison for possession of firearms that he legally owned.
A U.S. veteran and former police officer, Dustin Reininger is serving 3-5 years in a New Jersey prison for possession of firearms that he legally owned. Because of New Jersey gun laws, Reininger was convicted of illegal possession of firearms as he was passing through the state.
Actually, Dustin Reininger is not from New Jersey. He was moving from Maine to Texas and was transporting his entire gun collection that day. He was driving through New Jersey when he parked his car in a parking lot to rest for the night. At night some police officers searched his vehicle without a warrant when they saw two gun cases in the back of the vehicle.
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. However, citizens must keep their firearms locked in either the trunk or a case. Reininger’s only mistake was keeping his firearms in an unlocked case.
Joel Silberman1, Guns and Weapons Offense Lawyer in New Jersey says, “Federal and local New Jersey authorities spend significant energy seeking out those that possess illegal weapons, especially unregistered handguns. Prosecutors and Judges are extremely tough on weapons related offenses. Even first time offenders often face stiff prison sentences.” Ref: The Law Office of Joel Silberman, LLC, http://www.joelsilbermanlaw.com/our-practice/guns-aweapons-offenses/
Reininger is not a criminal. He is guilty of a technical violation. The purpose of America’s prisons is not to hold honest citizens guilty of accidental infractions, but to punish those criminals who have intentionally broken the law for personal gain.
And, if he had been living in New Jersey, he would have qualified for a state firearm ID card. His prison sentence will get over in some time, but his criminal record will remain because of which he may also lose the right to vote or own a firearm in the future.
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1. Joel Silberman: Criminal Defense Attorney and Jersey City lawyer Joel Silberman focuses exclusively on Criminal Defense. Some of Joel’s most notable Adult and Juvenile cases involved charges related to Homicide, Gun Offenses, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Trafficking Narcotics, Fraud and Aggravated Assault. Call Joel at 201-273-7070 or Toll Free: 800-889-3129 or send e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office is located at 549 Summit Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306. Visit http://www.joelsilbermanlaw.com/ for more information.