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Rifles, Loads of Ammo Found in Car, Police Say

North Carolina resident faces weapons charges following motor vehicle stop in Mt. Olive.

A North Carolina man traveling along Route 46 Wednesday night was arrested after police found multiple guns and boxes of ammunition, Mt. Olive Police Officer Michael Russell said.

Eric Johnson, 64, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and manufacture of a dangerous weapon after police conducted a search of his vehicle, Russell said.

Johnson was stopped at 9:52 p.m. by Det. Michael Zarro for an equipment violation, Russell said. Johnson gave his consent for a search of the vehicle, which yielded two rifles, multiple high capacity magazines, handgun accessories, and numerous boxes of ammunition, Russell said.

Johnson was attempting to sell the guns, Russell said.

Johnson was arrested and charged, with all findings being seized, Russell said. He was later released on his own recognizance, Russell said.

Assisting at the scene was the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

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Peace January 25, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Very true.
Peace January 25, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Can't wait to move out of the east coast.
Jersey January 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Really? Unlawful possession of firearms isn't a crime in any other states?
Dave January 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM
This guy may be completely legal in North Carolina. NJ does not honor other states laws and if you get caught, you are illegal. The sad part is that instead of our state guiding him to the proper storage and transport in this state he will probably get fined and his guns taken away.
Nolan January 26, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Better get a good lawyer. Minimum mandatory sentence is five years in state prison. All the stuff he has is perfectly legal in most states, but not here.

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