New Jersey is a hellish, totalitarian state. Sure, there is much to like about the Garden State, but it’s hard to be enthusiastic about a state that so-readily embraces tyranny as its rule of law.
New Jersey is home to some of the nation’s strictest anti-Second Amendment regulations and several times a year, the state is the focus of a story to emerge into the national spotlight as an innocent citizen is brutalized by the draconian laws.
Shaneen Allen made the mistake of carrying her permitted concealed weapon into New Jersey and faced years in prison for her “crime.” Many others have moved to or from New Jersey and have been apprehended in transit for violating the convoluted and nuanced gun laws of the state.
And flying with a gun in New Jersey? The laws make it all-but impossible.
One woman discovered this fact the hard way and is facing the formidable wrath of the state government for attempting to comply with the ridiculous requirements of the state.
Mia Higginbotham is a law-abiding gun owner who purchased a gun legally in Georgia more than a decade ago at the suggestion of local police who encouraged her to get the gun to defend herself against a dangerous stalker.
She moved to New Jersey and brought the gun with her. The trouble began when she attempted to bring the gun to her new home in Miami.
After researching the law carefully, Higginbotham discovered that the TSA website declared that a gun must be unloaded and locked in a hard sided container, and transported as checked baggage.
She complied fully and took the gun to the airport in her hard-sided, non-crushable suitcase with double locks on it. She also placed the gun inside the box that came with the gun.
She declared the gun at the desk and the baggage went through the TSA screening, but the family was stopped and told that a firearm must be in a metal box, though the site did not mention this. Higginbotham tried to surrender the gun, but the police were called and they arrested the woman in front of her husband and child.
Sher broke no federal laws and technically violated a New Jersey law, but the wife and mother was thrown in the slammer and the bail was set at $50,000 due to “the severity of the crime.”
So, let’s take a moment to recap: a woman legally bought a firearm. She made every effort to comply with the ridiculous twists and turns of New Jersey’s unconstitutional and illegitimate provisions concerning firearms and when even that was not good enough, she was arrested and is facing five years in prison for doing nothing but attempting to bring her gun to her new home in Miami.
This madness simply must stop. Our Second Amendment is remarkably clear and we must eradicate such laws that are so clearly designed to impede the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.