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According to the Press of Atlantic City,

The Philadelphia mother facing prison time for bringing her legally registered gun into New Jersey will be allowed into a diversion program, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain has announced.

McClain originally denied Shaneen Allen pretrial intervention because he said the state’s Graves Act did not allow for the exception. But, today, the attorney general released a clarification on the 2008 directive that expanded the law’s reach.

The attorney general for NJ has also announced that the state would review other cases in which pretrial intervention was denied to people who held valid carry permits in other states and simply made a mistake in bringing their firearms into New Jersey.

Last month, the prosecutor in the case announced that he would be pressing for charges. According to,

You might remember the story about Shaneen Allen from early July. The mother of two with no criminal record and a valid Pennsylvania carry permit was unaware of New Jersey’s strict gun laws when she was pulled over in the Garden State last month.

Allen gave the officer her license, her carry permit and informed the officer of her firearm. Allen was immediately arrested for violating NJ’s strict gun laws which amount to an outright ban on carry outside of the home for all intents and purposes.

It looked like Allen might get a break when she was allowed to enter into a pretrial program that might have seen her charges reduced for even dropped upon completion. However, it looks like the county prosecutor has pulled the plug on that option.

The prosecutor in the case is taking an especially high amount of heat this week after it was revealed that former NFL star Ray Rice will only get a slap on the wrist for knocking his then fiance out with 1 punch in an Atlantic City elevator, while Allen would be facing mandatory prison time for a victimless crime.

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