“The right of all Americans to carry concealed has been trampled upon when it comes to traveling with a firearm outside of one’s home state.” — GOA Director of Federal Affairs Chris Stone, in the upcoming Sept. 1 issue of The Gun Owners newsletter
Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- If you’ve been following the GOA Facebook page, you’re familiar with the story of Shaneen Allen.
She is a single mother of two who is being persecuted for exercising her Second Amendment rights.
Living in Philadelphia and working two jobs, Shaneen had already been the victim of previous robberies because she had to work late at night. So she bought a handgun, took a gun safety course and got a concealed carry permit.
Unfortunately, when she was stopped for a minor traffic violation in New Jersey, she thought she was doing the right thing when she announced to the officer that she had a concealed carry firearm in her car.
She now faces between three and ten years in prison because New Jersey doesn’t offer reciprocity to Pennsylvania! She was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Under New Jersey gun laws, illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which carries a minimum mandatory sentence of three years in prison.
It was an innocent mistake. She only had the gun for about a week … was unaware that her permit didn’t apply to New Jersey, which is minutes away from Philadelphia … and she was trying to do the right thing by telling the officer she had a firearm.
But the prosecutors in New Jersey don’t care. And this is why we need concealed carry reciprocity — a bill that has been introduced by U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).
How GOA members can make a difference!
GOA members will have an important legislative alert arriving in their mailboxes soon. Please read this important update, as it gives you important postcards addressed to:
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, demanding that Shaneen Allen be granted immediate clemency;
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, rebuking him for killing concealed carry reciprocity in the Senate this year; and,
- Your personal Representative, urging him to cosponsor H.R. 578, which is the concealed carry reciprocity bill introduced by Rep. Stutzman.(1)
If you are not receiving GOA’s legislative updates and newsletters via snail mail, then please CLICK HERE to activate your GOA membership.
There are other opportunities for helping helping Shaneen Allen.
For example, there is a Pro-2nd Amendment Rally in front of the Atlantic County Superior Court in New Jersey today to protest the judge and prosecutor in her case.
As always, we are very grateful that you remain an activist. But it is also VITALLY IMPORTANT that we dump thousands of postcards on legislators’ desks. That’s a very visual demonstration that helps legislators feel the ire of gun owners nationwide.
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Why did she get pulled over in the first place ?
lets start a legal defense fund to fight for people like this.
Actully the goal should be to get rid of permits. They do nothing to keep us safe & the bad guys don’t use them. We need a system like AZ that allows concealed carry without a permit. A permis is just a momma may I? It serves no real purpose.
Best response would be for PA Citizens would be to target new joisee cops and politicians for special treatment anytime they cross into Pennsylvania.
The best possible response would be for PA legislature and governor to enact laws that penalize kidnapping of their Citizens by foreign governments and declare new joyzee to be a ‘foreign government’.
Krispy christie could act like a Conservative and order her release and have all charges dropped.
THAT would be the only thing that might cause Conservatives nationwide to give him at least a minimum amount of consideration in his quest for the Presidency.
Where are Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Obama, Eric Holder, etc ? They should be fighting for this poor black woman’s freedom and second amendment rights. Where is the NAACP, the women’s lib movement? Their silence is deafening.
Arming oneself is explicitly protected in the constitution, unlike gay marriage. If the Supremes likely drag states into the morass of having to recognize partner contracts set up in other states, it is not unreasonable that the right to carry a concealed weapon should be mandated also.