America's First Freedom - December 2014 - 16

F R O M W W W. N R A N E W S . C O M :

F1rst Things F1rst:
MCCLAIN GETS
CHAINED

S

New Jersey Attorney General ends
prosecutor Jim McClain's attack on
gun owner and mother Shaneen Allen

haneen Allen, the Philadelphia single mother who accidentally broke the
law by carrying her legally owned, licensed firearm into New Jersey, will not
be going to prison.
Following widespread outcry over mandatory prison time for Allen
(see "Is Shaneen Allen The Victim Of State-Sponsored Persecution?"
October 2014, p. 30), the overzealous prosecutor in the case, Jim McClain,
backtracked the day before pre-trial processing and will allow Allen into the
state's Pre-Trial Intervention Program (pti).
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McClain originally sought to make a public example of Allen, nearly ensuring a mandatory prison
term of more than four years for the mother of two young children. However, strong public sentiment
against that decision led to the state attorney general clarifying guidelines on pti, giving McClain a
,
way out of his original unjust decision.
"I am so happy, not just for Shaneen, but also because the attorney general issued a clarification
to their guidelines specifically allowing folks like Shaneen into the pti program," said Evan Nappen,
Allen's attorney. "So her fight will help many, many others."
One of the factors in the case that showed prosecutor McClain to be an anti-gun hypocrite in his
decision to prosecute Allen also became one of the catalysts for changing the decision. nfl star Ray
Rice beat his girlfriend unconscious on an elevator-a crime that was caught on surveillance tape.
For that crime, Rice was indicted for aggravated assault, a felony in New Jersey. Rice was later placed
into the pti program and received no prison time. The contrast between Rice and Allen, who had no
violent intentions and had made a simple mistake, became a rallying cry for her supporters.
McClain is far from a hero for reversing his decision, however. The change was simple political
expedience. He was determined to prosecute Allen from the start, despite knowing she had simply
been unaware of the difference in Pennsylvania and New Jersey laws. Thankfully for Allen, Americans
throughout the country learned of her plight and voiced their displeasure.
As a result of being allowed into the pti program, Allen will not go to jail, will not become a
convicted felon and will not lose her right to own a firearm.

FREEDOM ON EXHIBIT

In a rare recognition of the National Rifle Association's
success by media, bizbash.com recently ranked the 2014
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Ind., as
the year's No. 3 political event in the country. The ranking
put it above even the annual State of the Union address.
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Don't miss out on
next year's festivities,
April 10-12, 2015,
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