Lieutenant Augustine Kim has an understandable desire to preserve his own safety since he was wounded on duty in the Afghanistan war.
Moreover, the South Carolina native has always been an avid collector of guns but, when he was deployed overseas, wisely made the decision to move his gun collection from his otherwise vacant home in Charleston (where they could be stolen or otherwise inadvertently accessed) to his parents’ home in New Jersey.
Upon returning home from his tour of duty, Kim wanted to take the highly valuable collection (worth several thousand dollars) back home from New Jersey to South Carolina, and set out back home in his car with the weapons secured in accordance with every relevant federal law. However, on his way, he stopped at Washington, DC’s Walter Reed Memorial Hospital for a doctor’s appointment. If he’d known what would follow, he probably would have rescheduled at a hospital in a different state.
After his appointment, Kim set out back home. Unfortunately, he got lost on the way, and was pulled over by Washington, DC police, who accused him of driving with a suspended drivers’ license (this wasn’t actually the case — a clerical error was responsible for the mix-up). However, because of the nature of the offense, the police officer involved called for backup, told Kim he’d have to go to the police station to sort it out, and asked permission to search Kim’s vehicle. Kim, apparently unaware of the absurdly restrictive firearms laws in Washington, agreed, assuming that his painstaking attempts to transport the guns correctly would get them passed over in short order.