New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just issued a full pardon to Steffon Josey-Davis. If you can remember Steffon was arrested in in 2013 for carrying a concealed weapon when he forgot that his registered firearm in the glove box of his car. The weapon was used for his job as security guard.
Having a firearm in the glove box is the same as concealed carry in the state of New Jersey, and Steffon did not have a concealed hangun license which are impossible to get anyway. Like a slap to the face, the NAACP did not take his case for political reasons I’m sure. After that he appealed directly to the governor himself and received his pardon.
Steffon has a GoFundMe page and his story is explained on it:
Hello, My name is Steffon Josey-Davis I’m a 24 year old from New Jersey who became a convicted felon for a legally owned firearm. As an armored Guard for Loomis, As a Armed service company who transported U.S & foreign currency to banks and service ATM’s. I was also on the road to a successful career with my township police department.
One Morning on September 20th 2013. I was preparing myself for work, grabbing my firearm out of my safe, bulletproof vest, Making my way to the garage. While in the process of disarming my firearm. My little sister came into the garage. To avoid any accidents, I put the firearm in the glove compartment moments after putting my bulletproof vest on the passenger seat.After securing my firearm, I took my sister upstairs to put her back in bed. Losing track of time, I noticed I was running late, grabbed my keys and continued to leave my house that morning for work. Not realizing my firearm was still in the glove compartment.
When I left out of the house that morning I was later pulled over in my vehicle. During my traffic stop, I notified the officers who I was, Who I worked for and I had my Legally owned firearm in my glove compartment.
The officers took my fire arm and let me go, When I went to claim my fire arm from the police department they arrested me and charged me with unlawful possession of a firearm I legally owned.
I was facing 10 years in prison for a simple technicality. I am now a convicted felon.
Unfortunately his case is not a rare occurrence, and people across the country are being fined, detained, ticketed, arrested, and imprisoned for ridiculous gun laws such as this one in NJ. Although we are happy for the pardon for Steffon, we remain unhappy about how our 2nd Amendment rights are being manipulated and harming the very citizens it was meant to protect.
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