Judges will routinely overturn state gay marriage bans that have been democratically decided in those states on the dubious basis that such a ban is a Constitutional violation. But a gun ban is perfectly Constitutional, even though we have a pretty clear-cut prohibition of such a ban found in the 2nd Amendment. What part of “shall not be infringed” do they not understand?
Apparently, all of it in New Jersey. Philadelphia single mother of two Shaneen Allen has a concealed carry license and carries a handgun. She obtained her permit after being robbed twice. She has absolutely no criminal history.
But when she took a trip to New Jersey, she got pulled over for “unsafe lane change.” I think all the cop saw was an out-of-state plate and figured he could nab her for something. Because she’s a good, law-abiding citizen, she notified the cop that she had a carry permit and that she was carrying. What she didn’t realize was that in notifying the cop of those things, she openly admitted to a crime. A crime that comes with a hefty jail sentence. So, she was arrested and immediately faced three years in prison. The Blaze continued:
Allen reportedly appeared in court this week and, to many people’s surprise, the case wasn’t dismissed by the judge. In fact, she now reportedly faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for possession a concealed weapon and another potential 18 months for possession of hollow-point bullets — more than 11.5 years in total.
My9NJ.com reports that the prosecutor wouldn’t even allow Allen to accept a pretrial deal in order to avoid jail time. Instead, the prosecutor reportedly offered her a plea bargain that includes five years in prison with no option of parole for 3.5 years.
Evan Nappen, Allen’s attorney, told the website that “New Jersey’s gun law is as unforgiving as a prosecutor or judge wants to make it.”
“Either of those two, the judge or the prosecutor could have taken steps to relieve Shaneen from this situation, but it didn’t happen,” he added.
You can get on to this single mother of two for being ignorant of New Jersey’s draconian gun laws. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” as they say. But I think it would be much more reasonable to lambast the laws themselves, as well as the judges and prosecutors involved with Allen’s case.
The stated purpose of gun control laws is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. But look at what they’re doing to this poor woman who’s done nothing wrong. If this isn’t an argument against gun control laws, I don’t know what is. This case makes it abundantly clear that all gun control laws do is punish the innocent, leaving them defenseless at the hands of armed criminals who depend on gun control laws. Judges are quick to overturn gay marriage bans and force “non-compliant” states to recognize gay marriages from other states. So, where are those judges to strike down New Jersey’s obviously unconstitutional gun laws or at least to force New Jersey to honor Allen’s concealed carry permit and legally obtained handgun?