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Why is this single mom facing 12 years prison for carrying a LEGAL weapon?

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New Jersey’s strict gun laws are designed to protect citizens, but some wonder if the wrong targets are hit sometimes.  Shaneen Allen is a law abiding mother of two with no criminal record.  She bought her gun after having been robbed twice.  She learned how to use the gun and made sure it was licensed.

But now she’s face up to 12 years in prison for driving the gun across the bridge to New Jersey without knowing that the law changed just a few minutes away from her house.   The woman registered her firearm in Pennsylvania, but didn’t have it registered in New Jersey, since that’s not where she lives.

After being pulled over for a minor traffic violation, Shaneen told the officer that the gun was in the car.  This is the expectation for law abiding citizens, to make sure that everyone is safe.   But this ended up being a mistake, since the officer then arrested her.

“As I let them know that (that she had a firearm), that’s when they started to lock me up,” Allen said in an interview. “I wasn’t a threat to the police.”

In the conversation below, Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons analyzes the case and explains why this is a travesty of justice.  According to Attorney Solomon-Simmons, the judge could have taken her special circumstances into consideration and put the mother into a diversion program.  He asks openly whether there is a benefit to society when we choose to incarcerate law abiding citizens who have not committed any violent crime.  His dialogue is very interesting.




  1. John Taylor

    August 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Because she is black in a country where the feeling is only whites should be armed

  2. John Taylor

    August 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Because she is black in a country where the feeling is only whites should be armed, and unarmed black children by any white coward that feels so inclined

  3. Otim

    August 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Since this is a “criminal action”, does the prosecutor have ‘evidence’ of the injured party? If he doesn’t, he has brought in a suit in the name of a ‘fictitious plaintiff” which is according to Black’s Law Dictionary, is contempt of court! Don’t expect the attorney to raise that because if he does he will violate his oath to the BAR ASSOCIATION and loose his ‘bar card/”license”! This is all about the bonds which is big money! By the way the “judge” according to the ‘Adjudicature Act’, will have about 38 percent of all fines he levy’s go into his pension fund and the bonds are sold to the Feds and they sell them to PIMCO. It’s all about any opportunity to put one into ‘bond-age’. Plead guilty to the facts but not to a crime. I wonder how the public “pretender/defender’ will explain this away? Reserve your right to face your accuser and you will SEE there isn’t one. No injured party, no ‘subject matter jurisdiction! I don’t have money, but this knowledge is more valuable. To not know is to invite abuse. Peace

  4. jboogie

    August 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Totally unfortunate for this young lady. I’m sure that she’s going to be encourage to take a plea, and after probation, she can pay to get the charges removed. This country is one evil as place, the professionalism of lies by thieves are unreal. I’m concerned why the feminist groups aren’t supporting her on a large scale to help bring publicity to the situation; oppose to writing articles in contrast to Michael Brown, trying to steal some feminist light. If this had been a white woman all the black female lawyers would run to her defense, and get her probation and gun control counseling. We just hate to support our own.

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