27-year-old Shaneen Allen, of Philadelphia, followed the advice of family members and took a gun safety course as part of her efforts to become legally able to have a concealed to carry gun permit. After going through the proper procedures, Allen was granted the permit and purchased a gun.

“One of my family members, he thought it was appropriate for me to get one because I’m a single mother and I have two children and I work two jobs and I work late and getting up at that time of night I got robbed twice last year and he felt the need for me to get my license to protect me and my kids,” Allen explained.

But Allen now faces a mandatory sentence of three years in jail, because although she is able to carry in Philly, she made the mistake of crossing into NJ with the weapon in her car. According to Allen she didn’t know her permit didn’t apply to New Jersey, but when she was stopped by cops for a minor traffic offense, she let them know she had a gun.

From MYNJ.com

“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 was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hallow-point bullets which were in the gun. Under New Jersey gun laws, the illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which holds a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.

Allen’s Attorney Evan Nappen feels that the judge doesn’t have a lot of discretion in this particular case.

“We’re talking about a law-abiding, licensed person who did nothing wrong. She is now facing three-years minimum mandatory, where the judge has no discretion, in state’s prison,” he said.

Allen has no criminal record and only owned the gun for a week. So far the Atlantic County Prosecutor has denied her entry into a diversionary program that would allow her to avoid jail time.

Here’s to being honest, and the cops and judges condoning the fact that she should have lied. Gotta love NJ.

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  • ALM247

    This is exactly what I was referring to in some of my comments from yesterday.

    Black people are punished for just about everything. They punished her for being HONEST, and then both the judge and the cops BLAME HER for doing the right thing.

    She probably was scared that they would find the gun and think that she didn’t have the right to carry. I probably would have been honest and told them also.

    Someone needs to get this case to the attention of Mr. Eric Holder. His office has reformed some of the drug laws. Maybe he can work on pressuring some of these states to change these gun laws, or make a law that says that if you are legally licensed in one state, that license carries over to other states, similar to the way a driver’s license allows you to travel to other states for limited periods of time.

    • shybookworm

      So true! With us, it’s a “damned if we do, damned if we don’t” in alot of situations.She has no criminal record, told the truth and is being told by the judge and the cops that she shouldn’t have. However, I’m glad she did say something. Imagine if she didn’t and they found the gun? A dirty cop could say that she pulled it on him and then she’d be brought up on false attempted murder charges. The prosecutor should just let her go with a fine, if anything. She probably thought as long as she was licensed, she was good to go anywhere, kind of like a driver’s license. A driver’s license may be from, say, the state of CA, but you can use it to drive anywhere in the US until it expires. She needs a better attorney. If she had been white, she probably would’ve gotten a warning and the gun confiscated. Even if she had been arrested, the prosecutor would probably agree to that diversionary program or some kind of plea that would keep her out of jail.

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  • PiaMia

    Her last name should have been guidice, puglia, tritoria etc…. She would have been fine in nj….smh this is so ridic anything I mean anything to lock up black people …it just seems to me that common sense or rather common sense laws would allow for one “mistake” like it’s not lime she tried to enter jersey a bunch of times, I just don’t understand how the government expects the citizens to know all the various laws in each state