Shaneen Allen, the single mother who was unfairly charged with a felony for unknowingly violating New Jersey’s gun control laws, took another step toward prison last week when a judge denied her motion to dismiss the charges. Allen will now go to a jury trial. If convicted, she will face a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.
Allen is a Philadelphia resident who was driving through New Jersey when she was pulled over for a routine traffic violation. Having recently completed a firearms training course, she followed correct procedure and informed the officer that she had a handgun stored in the trunk of her car. Because Allen’s gun permit was from Pennsylvania and not from New Jersey, she was arrested and charged with felony gun possession.
It is true that Allen broke the law by having an out-of-state gun in the trunk of her car. Yet she did so unknowingly and she told the police voluntarily. She has no prior criminal record and she poses zero threat to society. If there ever were a case for leniency, this is it.
Yet instead of being reasonable, the Judge and District Attorney are doing everything they can to ruin Allen’s life. In addition to refusing to dismiss her case, the judge last week upheld a decision by the District Attorney to exclude Allen from a diversionary program for first time offenders that would keep her out of prison. They have not provided an explanation as to why she is being excluded from the program.
Why would you go above and beyond to take an innocent woman away from her family? What does it accomplish?
Shaneen Allen’s case is what happens when the tyranny and bureaucracy of gun control are allowed to go unchecked.