Upstate man arrested for having nine — not seven — bullets in magazine

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The state’s new gun-control law led to the arrest Sunday of a Dutchess County man for having nine bullets in a magazine instead of seven, the Journal News reported.

The man was stopped in Columbia County on Route 22 and had a a legally registered pistol that had a magazine that held nine bullets. The gun control law that was adopted in January dropped the number of bullets allowed in a magazine from 10 to seven.

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Troopers from the New Lebanon barracks in Columbia County stopped a car driven by Gregory D. Dean Jr., 31, of Hopewell Junction, around 9:45 p.m. Sunday on Route 22 because the vehicle’s license-plate lamp was not working.

While interviewing Dean, troopers noticed a handgun on the front seat, partially covered by a sweatshirt.

The troopers determined the gun, a .40-caliber pistol, was legally registered and possessed. However, when the troopers inspected the pistol, its magazine contained the nine bullets – New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Actonly allows seven bullets per magazine.

Police charged Dean with unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation,both misdemeanors, plus vehicle infractions, police said.

He was released without bail and ordered to appear May 23 in New Lebanon Justice Court.

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  1. What we need here is some good old fashioned jury nullification. Why were the officers allowed to inspect his gun? Did he consent to the search?

  2. Perhaps it will get pleaded down much like it was for Assy. Katz with the ‘juana charge.

  3. And to think . . . If he only had been simply 30 miles northeast he wouldn’t have had ANY problem with the gun. He would have been in Vermont where a citizen of the United States can carry a handgun concealed, or openly without ANY restrictions on capacity and without the need for any kind of permit! Yes, even out of state residents are free people once they cross the border into that state!