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Is a Gun Loaded If the Bullets Are Beside It?

2nd Amend.

Is a Gun Loaded If the Bullets Are Beside It?

For proof that prosecutors will apply laws in ways that are at odds with societal expectations, look no further than the case of Oriol Dor. Dor came within an interlocutory appeal of being convicted of “knowingly carrying a loaded pistol” even though his gun had no bullets or magazine inside of it.

Yes, you read that correctly. Only the common sense of the New Hampshire Supreme Court saved Dor from being convicted of carrying a loaded gun that most reasonable English speakers would not consider “loaded.”

In May 2012, in Manchester, New Hampshire, police searched Dor’s vehicle and found a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol adjacent to a magazine in the vehicle’s glove compartment. The pistol did not have a cartridge in the chamber or a magazine in the magazine well.

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