Man Accidentally Shot By Antique Gun in Burr Ridge Home

The unregistered owner of the gun was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A Burr Ridge man has been charged with unlawful gun possession after his friend was accidentally shot in the stomach by a gun in the man's home Tuesday night and it was discovered he wasn't a registered gun owner.

Mark H. Reinesto, 57, of the 7600 block of South Drew Avenue, Burr Ridge, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition without a firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card, according to a release from the Burr Ridge Police Department. Charges were filed after officers responded at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a 56-year-old man, a friend of Reinesto’s from Willow Springs, getting shot in the abdomen in Reinesto’s home.

“The man said he and Reinesto were looking at a loaded antique gun in Reinesto’s home when he dropped it, and the gun went off, striking him in the stomach,” the police department release reads.

Deputy Chief Marc Loftus said the gun was a .357 revolver.

The victim was transported to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Tuesday night. Loftus said that the last the department heard, he was still awaiting surgery Wednesday.

After being processed, Reinesto was released on bond. The charges against him are Class A misdemeanors, which can bring a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

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Editor's note: The Burr Ridge police department originally listed Reinesto's address as being on Hamilton Avenue, but alerted media Friday morning it is on Drew Avenue.
Richard Morton August 21, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Hmmm, the story says unregistered gun. Don't think there is any law in Illinois that requires guns be registered...
Joe O'Donnell (Editor) August 21, 2013 at 06:09 PM
That's correct, Richard. My mistake on the poor wording. The gun was not unregistered, but rather the man was not a registered gun owner. The change has been made.
fred August 21, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Highlights the difference between accidental shootings and gang drive bys. Even an accidental by someone who may have been not a registered owner. If you removed gangs, there would be far less shootings. Note, gang shootings are not accidental. Sad to have to actually point that out as the anti ownership push by libs of guns has reached a fever pitch the last few years.
CLM August 22, 2013 at 08:38 AM
It was my understanding that antique firearms aren't even legally considered "weapons". That's what I thought I was told at the last gun show I went to this past spring unless I misunderstood that. So if the owner had an antique firearm that isn't even technically a weapon, where's the basis for an arrest?
Richard Morton August 22, 2013 at 09:01 AM
CLM is right in one sense because what is a curio or relic (Antique) in the eyes of the state government - can be different at BATF or other governmental (localities, states or federal) jurisdictions. Its part of chaos that the lawmakers have made by their pandering, ignorance and bias about firearms and how people use them. Additionally it gains traction by poor reporting - or by biased reporting - or even sometimes by a simple mistake in reporting (Like I think fits this example) as the public really has no idea about gun laws.
Richard Morton August 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Oh and one more thing the police identify the gun as a .357 magnum revolver. Since .357 magnum was first created in the mid 1930's that would pretty much EXCLUDE it from being considered an antique or curio & relic in just about any jurisdiction that I can think of...
fred August 22, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I went to wiki..states that an antique gun is manufactured prior to the year 1900. Sounds about right Richard. Not an antique.
E. LaMontagna August 23, 2013 at 06:49 PM
The .357 magnum was created in 1935. An antique must be manufactured in 1899 or earlier. According to the wonderful folks at ATF& sometimes E this firearm is not an antique. Now can we eliminate this unconstitutional agency?


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