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Christie Pardons Philly Mom Who Dared Enter New Jersey With a Legally-Owned Firearm

Shaneen Allen originally faced up to 11 years in jail before being allowed into a pretrial intervention program.

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Shaneen Allen, the Philly resident who was arrested while visiting New Jersey with her two kids after volunteering to a police officer that had pulled her over that she was  carrying a legally-owned handgun that was registered in Pennsylvania, was pardoned by Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) at noon today.

Allen originally faced up to 11 years in prison because of an aggressive prosecutor, the same one who let Ray Rice go with a pretrial intervention program and no jailtime after he knocked his fiancé unconscious. Allen, who entered New Jersey with a legally owned gun and told a cop about it, eventually got the same deal. Christie's pardon allows the single mother (or "pistol-packing mom," as NJ.com described her in their headline) to avoid going through any part of the criminal justice or having a criminal record.

Her case also led to changes  in how the law she was being prosecuted for breaking will be applied. Via NJ.com:

Her attorney, Evan Knappen, of Eatontown, said the Allen case lead to the Office of the Attorney General issuing new guidelines that allow people who are legally entitled to carry firearms in their home states to enter diversionary programs instead of heading directly to a Garden State prison if charged with violating state law.

"It was quite a fight for her down there in Atlantic County, and it led to significant changes," Knappen said. "Hundreds of folks were helped by her case…It's a little absurd to take someone who's a law abiding citizen in their home state but then put them into a New Jersey state prison for a mandatory 3 to 5 year sentence and make them a felon."

No word yet on whether Christie will sign a pardon for Steffon Josey, a Jersey man who collected 60,000 signatures in support of a pardon. He faces three years in jail for forgetting he left a legally owned and registered firearm in his glove compartment instead of his trunk.

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30 responses to “Christie Pardons Philly Mom Who Dared Enter New Jersey With a Legally-Owned Firearm

  1. Awesome. If Christie would do this for every victim of NJ’s bullshit laws I might actually start to like him.

  2. Aiming for that Republican nomination aren’t we?

    And I’m sure this will be used as evidence of his racism.

    Also did she promise to buy him an all-you-can-eat buffet?

    1. Yup. The Adipose Avenger finally noticed that most Repub primary voters hate stupid fucking gun control laws and virulent anti-gun owner attitudes. Like he presides over in NJ.

  3. Christie: now he sucks slightly less.

    1. Christie: now he sucks slightly less

      Time to get those presidential candidate yard signs printed up.

    2. Christie: now he sucks slightly less

      Well, to be fair he’s only been married once and has four children.

      1. I used to work with his brother in law. He is a great guy.

        Never did dish any dirt on Christie when we hung out, though.

    3. Well, I guess that .00001% could qualify as “less”

      (he’s still a fucktard of the highest order)

  4. He faces three years in jail for not registering his BB gun with police.

    Ed, you might want to re-read your link.

    1. Let’s be fair. Ed read the first two sentences.

  5. Credit where due…

    Good job…

  6. Even a fat blowhard does the right thing once in a while. See Clinton, Bill; Taft, William Howard

    1. Clinton wasn’t the blowhard in his relationships.

  7. Her attorney, Evan Knappen, of Eatontown, said the Allen case lead to the Office of the Attorney General issuing new guidelines that allow people who are legally entitled to carry firearms in their home states to enter diversionary programs instead of heading directly to a Garden State prison if charged with violating state law.

    “We’ll still put you through the ringer and cost you thousands in bullshit legal fees, but at least we’ll lube up first.”

  8. Pardons are for the guilty. This New Jersey act of usurpation that presumed to limit the victim’s second amendment rights should have been thrown out at the preliminary hearing.

    -jcr

    1. Unfortunately, she would have served her time long before it got in front of a court willing to apply the plain language of the Constitution (if it ever did).

      1. I really would love to see some NJ gun cases make it to high court and get struck down. But, I sure don’t want to be the guy sitting in jail and paying the lawyers.

  9. The pardon was a good thing. Good on the Crisco-sweating douchebag for doing what was right.

  10. It’s about freaking time.

  11. Good thing he’s running for President, or this woman would have had a criminal record for the rest of her life.

    1. A *felony* record. Because it’s completely appropriate to deny people the vote because of regulatory offenses involving morally neutral conduct.

    2. A *felony* record. Because it’s completely appropriate to deny people the vote because of regulatory offenses involving morally neutral conduct.

  12. Can anyone familiar with NJ law tell me whether the governor can issue pardons *before* conviction? Because if so Christie is fairly late.

  13. I’m not very well versed in constitutional law, but I wonder: why isn’t the Full Faith & Credit thingie (Art. 4 S. 1) applied in her case? No ‘civilian’ can carry a firearm in NJ at all, not even with a permit?

  14. When did PA start to register guns?

    1. AFAIK Pennsylvania does not require a permit to possess a firearm. I believe Allen had a concealed carry license.
      http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-…..nsylvania/

  15. And you black folks?especially the quite reliable 95% of you that vote hard-core leftist?please note the evil NRA supported Shaneen from the beginning on this.

    1. I wonder where the NAACP was on this. I’m guessing that they figured it was necessary to throw a colored lady under the bus every so often for the greater good.

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