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Case May be Dropped Against PA Woman that Crossed into NJ with PA-legal Gun Permit
GUNPROPLUS.COM, Sept 16, 2014 – Shaneen Allen gathered her two kids for prayer to give thanks after New Jersey’s State Prosecutor has decided to take a second look at Allen’s case. Allen was stopped for a minor traffic violation as she crossed a bridge into New Jersey from Philadelphia. While reaching for her driver’s license she told the officer she was also carrying her pistol and concealed gun permit. She was subsequently arrested with trial set for a possible 3 ½ year prison sentence. [full article]
On Second Thought...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 -- It wasn’t that long ago that GunProPlus reported on the case of Shaneen Allen, the Pennsylvania CCW permitee who crossed the line into New Jersey, was traffic-stopped and arrested for not having a Jersey permit to carry. Her trial date was set for October 6. The judge’s hands were tied by NJ law: he couldn’t dismiss or re-route the case to provide leniency for a mistake. The prosecutor assigned was also ham-strung by the state’s top prosecutor who let Ravens running back Ray Rice escape the sucker punch on his wife in a Jersey casino elevator with the NFL’s two-game suspension.
Now, on second thought, and after a ton of publicity about Rice’s case, and outrage expressed by the state’s gun owners, the same lead prosecutor is re-thinking Allen’s situation and probably looking for a way out, given NJ Governor Chris Christie’s public response that he’d “let the case play out” before deciding on Allen’s possible clemency or pardon. In other words, Allen’s going home sooner than later and the state prosecutor may trade in his horns for a tinfoil hat.
Case closed. Almost.
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YALE DAILY NEWS, Sept. 16, 2014 - CT Voters for Gun Safety that aims to support pro-gun control candidates. This weekend, the PAC sponsored a conference of 125 advocates from around the state. In a poll released by Quinnipiac University last May, 56 percent of respondents approved of the gun control legislation passed in 2013 while 38 percent opposed it. The legislation, which included bans on certain types of guns, universal background checks on gun purchases and limits to ammunition magazines, has maintained a fairly constant approval rating since its passage. In another Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month, the majority of Connecticut residents said Malloy would do a better job of handling gun policy than Foley, though by a margin of just 5 percentage points. [full article]
WASHINGTON TIMES, Sept. 15, 2014 - The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is filing a lawsuit against online retailer that allegedly sold ammunition to James Holmes, the suspect accused of the Aurora theater killings. “The lawsuit alleges that the websites negligently supplied Holmes with the arsenal he used to kill 12 people and wound at least 58 others by failing to use any screening mechanism to determine his identity or intent for the products,” the Brady Center said in a media release, Fox-affiliated KDVR reported. [full article]
DAILY CALLER via NRA-ILA, Sept. 15, 2014 - Harvard University’s School of Public Health is set to receive a $350 million donation to study “gun violence” and other “complex health threats challenging the U.S. and the world,” CNN reports. The donation, the largest ever received by the university, is being made by the Morningside Foundation, run by the descendants of Hong Kong real estate tycoon T.H. Chan, for whom the school will be renamed. [full article]
OREGON LIVE.COM, Sept. 15, 2014 - Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby on Monday trumpeted her endorsement by the National Rifle Association, saying she would "staunchly defend" gun rights in the Senate. The NRA said it gave the Portland pediatric neurosurgeon its highest rating for a candidate because of her answers to a questionnaire from the organization, which it did not release. During the primary campaign, Wehby repeatedly expressed her support for gun rights and made it clear that she disagreed with the American Medical Association -- of which she was a board member -- over its support for additional federal gun restrictions. [full article]
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Is the Rule of Law Crumbling Under Its Own Weight?
Steve Comus, September 1, 2014 -- It has been supposed that one of the major differences between the United States and other countries is that here we’re a nation of laws. Yep, and do we really know how to do laws. Laws, laws, laws. We can’t do anything without attaching all kinds of laws to it.
Just like with chocolate, it is possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to laws. Although laws are necessary for a society to function, they also can bring it down. It is fascinating that sometimes salvation and damnation can emanate from the same point.
This thought came to mind recently as I pored over volumes of information about the number of sheriffs around the country who are opting not to enforce what they consider to be unconstitutionally draconian laws.
Within my lifetime, society has gone from a time when the overwhelming presumption was that all sheriffs would enforce the laws to a time now when, as a matter of conscience, they opt out of many "legal" laws. [full article]
"Dangerous and unusual"?
Federal Judge gets it wrong on tactical rifles
Shelby Murdoc, August 21, 2014 --A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Maryland has ruled that semi-automatic AR-15 style rifles are "dangerous and unusual" firearms and, therefore, not protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution or covered by the precedent of the Heller decision.
Gun rights groups brought a case against Maryland’s 2013 assault weapons ban, claiming that semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and AK-47 are, in fact, in common use and do not represent any greater danger than any other rifles. They argued that Maryland’s ban was unconstitutional and infringed upon the rights of American gun owners, rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment and recent legal decisions regarding the interpretation that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental individual right and that classes of arms in common use cannot be banned outright. The Heller decision found that firearms in common use and typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, are protected. [full article] More Features
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