The Patriot Post® · Christie Pardons Mom Facing Stupid Gun Charge

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Even though common sense prevailed when New Jersey dropped the prosecution of two individuals who ran afoul of its gun laws, the state’s broken laws need a change. Shaneen Allen thought she was in the clear when she drove into New Jersey with her Pennsylvania-legal handgun. Instead, she faced years in a New Jersey jail. The state dropped the prosecution, but Allen still needed to attend a pre-trial intervention class. On Thursday, Governor Chris Christie pardoned Allen, and the move possibly sets a precedent for other out-of-state travelers caught in Jersey’s gun laws. “It was quite a fight for her down there in Atlantic County, and it led to significant changes. Hundreds of folks were helped by her case,” Allen’s lawyer Evan Knappen said. “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 three- to five-year sentence and make them a felon.” In February, the Garden State dropped the prosecution of Gordon van Gilder, a former teacher who was caught with – the horrors! – an antique flintlock pistol. Some in the state realize there is a problem. But the problem now is that citizens only rely on the state’s benevolence, not a law that rules over everyone equally. More…