Good news! Your calls and pressure have paid off. Facing an avalanche of grassroots pressure, and political pressure from New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie, the Atlantic County prosecutor has announced that Shaneen Allen won’t face up to five years in prison for carrying her concealed carry piece into New Jersey.
Allen’s case had become a cause célèbre among the gun rights community – even appearing on the cover of the National Rifle Association’s American Rifleman magazine. Gun owners pointed to the inconsistency in the prosecution of a law-abiding woman with a concealed carry license being threatened with us to a mandatory three plus years in prison for honesty, while NFL star Ray Rice being given pre-trial intervention for knocking his wife out cold in an elevator.
After a review by the state attorney general, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday that it would allow a Philadelphia woman charged last year with illegally bringing into New Jersey a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania to enter a pretrial-intervention program and avoid jail time.
The prosecutor’s previous stance in the case involving Shaneen Allen, 27, was to make the case a “deterrent,” either forcing a plea or bringing it to trial. The mother of two could have faced up to five years in prison.
Allen, who was stopped for a routine traffic violation on the Atlantic City Expressway, was arrested after voluntarily telling a state trooper that her purse contained a legally registered .38-caliber Bersa Thunder handgun.