Otherwise Law Abiding Single Mother Faces 3 Years in NJ Prison For Being Honest About Legal Gun
A single Pennsylvania mother is finding out the hard way that honesty is not always the best policy.
The woman, identified as 27 year-old Shaneen Allen from Pennsylvania, wanted to protect her two children, so she took a gun safety course, acquired a permit to carry and purchased a gun after doing her research on models and calibers.
However, one thing Allen failed to research was reciprocity for her carry permit. That, along with her unfaltering honesty might land her in a New Jersey prison for 3 years.
According to My9NJ,
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’s attorney fears that if the mother doesn’t get a plea deal or allowed to take part in a diversionary program then the judge will have no option but to sentence the mother to the mandatory minimum prison time of 3 years.
This story illustrates why it is so important to know the carry laws of any state you might be visiting. States like New Jersey and others have no problem making a felon out of otherwise law abiding citizens who don’t know their restrictive gun laws.