Christie announces change to N.J. gun policy on eve of 2016 kickoff

TRENTON — At 9:30 p.m. on the eve of his Republican presidential campaign kickoff, Gov. Chris Christie announced a change to state firearm policy on an issue that has been riling gun rights activists. The governor also signaled support for loosening New Jersey’s strict gun control laws. Reacting to the June 3 death of 39-year-old Berlin… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie pardons armored car driver who became a felon for driving with his gun

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CONCORD, N.H. — The North Brunwsick armored car driver who took a plea for illegally transporting his legally owned handgun in his car has received a pardon from Gov. Chris Christie, the governor’s office announced Monday. The clemency granted by Christie to Steffon Josey-Davis, 24, gives him a “full and free” pardon for all criminal charges… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie pardons armored car driver who became a felon for driving with his gun

N.J. court rules domestic violence allegations enough to deny gun permit

assetContent (77)A New Jersey appeals court ruled Wednesday that merely being accused of domestic violence is enough to deny someone permission to obtain a gun and keep it at home, the New Jersey Law Journal reported. Judges John Kennedy, Amy O’Connor and Jose Fuentes denied the application of a man identified in court papers as Z.L., who… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Casagrande Calls On Cumberland Prosecutor To Drop Gun Charges Against Retired Teacher

Says she will introduce legislation bringing New Jersey’s treatment of antique guns in line with federal standards

Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth) said yesterday that the charges gun charges against a 72 retired teacher for transporting a 300 year old antique flintlock pistol are “ludicrous” and that the Cumberland County Prosecutor should dismiss the case.

Gordon Van Gilder, who taught in Millville for 34 years, faces 10 years in prison and the loss of his pension after a traffic stop last November during which he disclosed to the Cumberland Sheriff’s Officer who stopped him that he had the antique gun, unloaded , in his car.  Van Gilder’s attorney, Evan Nappen, said that his client was carrying a collectible and is being charged as if he was carrying a loaded .44 magnum.

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Posted: February 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Assembly Republicans, Caroline Casagrande, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments »

Antique pistol could get former Millville teacher 10-year prison stay, report says

Pistolet-IMG_3196-bA 72-year-old retired teacher faces a 10-year state prison sentence after authorities reportedly found a 300-year-old flintlock pistol in his car during a traffic stop, according to NRA News. Gordon Van Gilder — a teacher for 34 years in Millville — told NRA News that he was stopped by a Cumberland County sheriff’s officer in November… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Tighter rules for N.J. gun dealers, manufacturers proposed by Christie administration

assetContent (2)TRENTON — The Christie administration has proposed tighter security requirements for gun retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and their employees, in response to several thefts and lapses in oversight during the past decade that led to at least one death. The rules, proposed last month by the State Police, come as Gov. Chris Christie considers a possible…

Posted: January 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Tighter rules for N.J. gun dealers, manufacturers proposed by Christie administration

Report: Shaneen Allen Admitted to PTI

Single mother is facing eviction, electric has been shut off

Shaneen Allen, the 27 year old Philadelphia single mother facing a New Jersey State Prison term for bringing a Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey has been offered entry Shaneen-Allen-New-Hopeinto the Pre-Trial Intervention Program, according to a report on NBC10.  (H/T Save Jersey)

Atlantic County Prosecutor James McCain issued a statement which said that, upon review, his rejection of Allen’s application to the PTI program was contrary to a 2008 “Graves Act” directive, according to NBC10. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey, Shaneen Allen | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

“Ray Rice and Gun Control” ~ Colin Noir

Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Second Amendment, Shaneen Allen | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s Office: Separation of powers prevents Governor from intervening in Shaneen Allen case

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Governor Chris Christie’s office responded to a constituent who had written in support of Shaneen Allen with a phone call stating that the separation of powers prevents the Governor from intervening in the Atlantic County prosecution.

Allen is a 27 year old single mother who is facing a possible 10 years in State Prison for bringing her Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey.  She is being prosecuted by Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain, a Christie appointee.  McClain refused to allow Allen to enter the same Pre-Trial Intervention Program for first offenders that former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was admitted to after he knocked out his then fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator last February.

Last week, McClain requested a three week adjournment in the case.  This was seen as a sign by Allen’s supporters that McClain is reconsidering his decision to prosecute due to the public outcry since the video of Rice beating his fiancee became public.

In the call from Christie’s office this afternoon to James Hogan of Howell Township, a young sounding man left a message stating that he was calling from the Governor’s office. Hogan forwarded the message to MMM:

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, NJ Constitution, Shaneen Allen | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Justice for Rice. Now let’s have some Justice for Shaneen Allen

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released by the NFL team today and suspended indefinitely by the league as a result of the public outrage at the video of Rice knocking out his then fiancee that was released by TMZ this morning.

Clearly, the NFL’s move is a public relations and business decision.  NFL officials had seen the video prior to suspending Rice for only 2 games and docking his pay for a third.

One has to wonder if Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain would have accepted Rice into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program had the video become public before the former Rutgers star was given leniency.  Rice had been indicted on third degree aggravated assault charges after clocking his wife.  The prosecutor said there was enough evidence for a conviction even without Mrs. Rice’s cooperation. Presumably he meant the video.  Rice faced five years in prison, but McClain accepted him into the Pre-Trial Invention Program for first offenders.  If Rice stays out of trouble until May of next year, he is off the hook, legally, for the assault.

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Posted: September 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Shaneen Allen | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »