Last summer, the CH 2.0 covered the story of Shaneen Denise Allen, who committed the unpardonable sin of being honest and hardworking, which caused her to run afoul of the New Jersey authorities. Here is some coverage at that time from out contributor, Chris Wysocki.
Shaneen Allen is no dangerous criminal. She’s a single mom working 2 jobs who’s already been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia. Her family suggested that she carry a gun for protection. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit, and bought a gun.
Then she made the mistake of driving into New Jersey.
Allen said that she didn’t know her permit didn’t apply to New Jersey so when she was stopped for a minor traffic offense she told the police about her gun and her permit to carry. In this case, being honest may have cost her.
“The judge tried to tell me that telling the truth messed me up, my life up and the cop said the same thing. Me opening my mouth and speaking out he said I’m one out of ten people that spoke up and was honest and that got me in trouble,” she said.
Allen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hallow-point bullets which were in the gun. Under New Jersey gun laws, the illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which holds a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.
I hope all you moms demanding “gun sense” are happy. Because your draconian gun laws are working. They’re taking dangerous criminals like Shaneen Allen off the streets, and leaving her kids to fend for themselves.
Now, Ms. Allen has some justice, for after nearly a year of legal wrangling, and quite a bit of time in jail, governor Chris Christie gave her a full pardon. The Daily Caller has more…
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday pardoned Shaneen Allen, an African-American single mother from Philadelphia who was arrested last year in New Jersey for bringing a handgun into the state even though she was permitted to carry it in Pennsylvania.
Christie signed the pardon at noon Thursday: “I, Chris Christie, governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and the statutes of the state, do hereby grant Shaneen Denise Allen, a full a free pardon for all criminal charges and indictments arising from the arrest occurring October 1, 2013 to include the aforesaid crimes, and this order is applicable solely to said criminal charges and indictments, and to no other.”
Luckily for Ms. Allen, justice did work for her. Sadly, it took all of this time to rectify it. For once, I applaud Governor Christie, who I usually have little use for. This time, however, he was on the right side of the issue.