Gov. Chris Christie pardoned Shaneen Allen this week, the single mother of two facing three years in prison for accidentally carrying a firearm into New Jersey.
Allen, 27, is a licensed concealed carry permit holder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but when she was pulled over in New Jersey, in Oct. of 2013, for a routine traffic stop, she admitted to having a firearm on her person and was slapped with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow point ammunition, charges that carry a mandatory minimum sentence of three years.
Upon being pulled over by New Jersey police, Allen admitted that she was carry a firearm for self-defense — a .380 Bersa Thunder handgun — which precipitated the charges.
“The officer knew there was a gun there, she was completely honest and open,” her attorney, Evan Nappen told Fox News last July. “There are no aggravating factors in this case; she’s a single mom of two, working in the medical field who was robbed twice and that’s what inspired her to get a gun license in the first place.”
Allen worried about her future and who would look out for her boys if she was incarcerated.
“I just want people to know that if you look at it through my eyes, mistakes happen,” Allen told FoxNews.com. “I just hope that everything turns out OK for me and my kids because I’m all they have.”
She also said that, as a new gun owners, she wish she would have taken the time to read up on various state and federal gun laws.
“I wish I was more aware of the law,” she explained. “And to anyone out there looking to purchase a firearm, know the law. I didn’t even get the chance to understand the laws. I only had it [the gun] a week.”
NRA Exec. Vice President Wayne LaPierre applauded Christie for pardoning the young mother.
“This ends a vulgar chapter in an endless series of shameful episodes where political opportunists seek nothing but their own advantage. I compliment Gov. Christie for doing the right thing,” LaPierre told Breitbart News.
An older report from NRA News investigative reporter Ginny Simone: