Shaneen Allen is a single mother of two sons. After being robbed twice in the same year, the Pennsylvania woman decided to buy a handgun in order to protect her family from danger in the future. She never thought that it would land her in hot water.
Allen planned a birthday party for one of her sons in New Jersey. When she was packing the car, she made sure to bring her firearm with her in case she should need to use it for protection while on the road. In the middle of the night, Allen was pulled over by a police officer while on her way to the hotel with a birthday surprise for her son. She described what happened:
“I was bringing a cake and the dog to the hotel room to surprise him. That’s what I was doing out there and I got pulled over at 1:00 in the morning because I was sleepy and swerved.”
Allen volunteered the information to the police officer who pulled her over that she was carrying a concealed weapon. She was under the impression that she was in compliance with all laws. But New Jersey has some of the most strict gun control laws in the country, and Allen was in violation of them. The cop wasn’t about to be lenient, either. He arrested the mother and now she faces up to three years in federal prison. Allen voiced her concern over what would happen if she was locked up for her honest mistake:
“I’m very much worried because I have two kids who depend on me. I’m doing this all by myself. It’s just me. I just want people to know … mistakes happen. I just hope that everything turns out OK for me and my kids because I’m all they have.”
Do you think Shaneen Allen should be held accountable for her innocent mistake of the law? If so, three years in prison seems excessively harsh, doesn’t it? Give us your take in the comments section.
H/T: Daily Signal