You might remember the story of 27-year-old Shaneen Allen, a single black mother of two from Philadelphia who was pulled over in New Jersey’s Atlantic County after making an unsafe lane change in the early morning hours. When she was stopped for the traffic violation, Allen told the officer that she had a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun, as well as a concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania, unaware that her permit was not transferable to The Garden State. But she was charged.
Fox reported that “Allen had only owned the gun for a week prior to the arrest, according to her lawyer, Evan Nappen, and purchased it for her protection after being robbed twice in the past year. “The officer knew there was a gun there, she was completely honest and open,” Nappen continued. “There’s no aggravating factors in this case; she’s a single mom of two, working in the medical field who was robbed twice and that’s what inspired her to get a gun license in the first place.”
Nonetheless, Allen was prosecuted in New Jersey and faced three years in jail.
However, yesterday Governor Chris Christie did the right thing, and issued Allen a full and complete pardon. Hallelujah!
Perhaps this Christie action will finally deflect attention from those traffic cones.