New Jersey is a fascist state and you would do well to stay away from it if you are a gun owner. I say this because The Associated Press reported late last month that a Texas man who had stopped to take a nap while traveling through that despicable state was arrested for carrying guns in his SUV. Because of that, he’s serving a five-year prison sentence and won’t get out before serving a minimum of three years. A New Jersey appeals court upheld his conviction in May.
I heard about the case of Dustin Reininger from a friend who subscribes to Shotgun News and regularly reads The Knox Update column in that magazine. Writer Jeff Knox described what happened to Reininger, and I hunted up a later report from The AP to verify it.
Here’s what happened. Reininger was moving in March 2009 from Maine to Texas and had his 21-gun collection in his SUV. He also had hollow-point bullets and a high-capacity magazine. He legally owned the firearms and the ammunition. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He made the mistake of going through the most worthless Yankee state of all the Yankee states.
He made the even worse mistake of stopping there to take a nap in his vehicle. He also made the mistake of denying he was carrying guns – who wouldn’t, given the circumstances – but the cops spotted a gun case and conducted a warrantless search and discovered the collection of guns he was taking back to Texas.
If you drive through New Jersey, put your gun in a guitar case because the very presence of a gun case gives the cops the authority for a warrantless search.
Reininger was supposed to store his guns in the trunk. Unfortunately for him, an SUV doesn’t have a trunk.
So there he is, in prison, a convicted felon now for the rest of his life because he traveled through a state where the majority of residents prefer fascism. I say that because they’re the ones who elected and re-elected the lawmakers who passed the anti-Second Amendment laws.
Let’s try to fight off the anti-liberty attitude here in Missouri for as long as we can.
SPEAKING OF TEXAS: My wife is in Texas for a long visit with her sister this summer. On the way down Wednesday, she texted me gasoline prices. In Joplin, gasoline was $3.39. All through Oklahoma, gasoline was $3.53-$3.93.
She spent the night with her brother near Dennison, Texas. Thursday morning, she filled up for $3.37 per gallon. Gasoline was $3.29 in Point, Texas, later in the day.
She made it to Bastrop but didn’t need a fill up and didn’t notice the price.
Page 2 of 2 - SPEAKING OF LIBERTY: The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” I’ve heard a lot of people say that gives Americans not only freedom OF religion but freedom FROM religion. Consequently, government officials and other atheists work hard to wipe away any references to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in public life. Do you agree that the First Amendment gives you freedom FROM religion?
If so does it also gives us freedom FROM speech as well as freedom OF speech? Does it give us freedom FROM the press as well as freedom OF the press? Does it give us freedom FROM assembly as well as freedom OF assembly? Does it give us freedom FROM petitioning the government as well as freedom TO petition the government?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOE WILLIE: A letter addressed to “Ms. or Mr. R.D. Hohenfeldt” was on my desk when I arrived at work late one afternoon in late May.
The return address said it was from Mildred Brenneman-Higdon of Rolla. Mildred dated the letter May 27 and wrote: “Dear R.D., I have been an admirer of Joe Namath for 52 years and Friday the 31 of May he will be 70. I have seen in the part of the paper ‘This Day in History’ others birthdays. It would be nice if it would say ‘in 1943 Joe Namath was born.’ I thank you.”
Well, I didn’t get that line in the paper, so please join me and Mildred in wishing Broadway Joe a belated happy birthday.
R.D. Hohenfeldt, a Georgia native, has lived in Rolla since ’84. Currently, he writes regular columns for OzarksAlmanac.com and occasional columns on the registered forums of Smoker-Builder.com. On the night shift, he helps cover Rolla city and school government for The Rolla Daily News. Photo of R.D. and Henry the Wonderpoodle, who is visiting this summer in Texas where he is working on being known as Hank the Cow Dog, courtesy of Bea Bonebrake (facebook.com/BThirtyOne).