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Bramnick on Prosecutorial Discretion on Gun Charges [video]

Jon Bramnick

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick discusses legislation giving more discretion to judges in weapons cases and an Atlantic County case of a woman who is facing prison time after bringing into the state a gun she owns legally in Pennsylvania.

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Bramnick: Let’s support Israel [video]

Jon Bramnick

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Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick calls for all Americans to stand united with Israel and against terrorism.

 

 

 

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Bramnick: Real Talk at Glopak Corporation in South Plainfield [video]

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Republican Leader Jon Bramnick visited the Glopak Corp. in South Plainfield with a number of Middlesex County local elected officials. At Glopak’s manufacturing facility, Assemblyman Bramnick called for lower taxes and less red tape in order to encourage businesses to grow and boost New Jersey’s economy.

 

 

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Brown, Handlin, Legislators Announce Support for Israel’s Right to Self Defense

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The New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations, representing 11 Jewish federations throughout New Jersey, convened legislative leaders in Trenton September 15 in order to express solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish community. Joining them was Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York Amir Sagie.

“The possibility of ‘quiet’ in Gaza is certainly welcome,” said Mark Levenson, President of the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations. “Yet, the conflict continues to play out in the media and there is significant mis-information. AR154 and today’s Senate resolution set the record straight. Israel’s moral compass has always been set at peace with its neighbors, but the same cannot be said of Hamas while it continues to actively seek the destruction of Israel. Reports emanate that Hamas is already re-building terror tunnels and trying to re-stock weapons. Most important is for people to be willing to stand up, speak out and try to set the record clear. We are deeply appreciative of the New Jersey legislative bodies for willing to stand up and be counted.”

Levenson chaired an educational mission to Israel sponsored by the State Association of Jewish Federations in March 2014 on which twelve state legislators participated.

Chris A. Brown

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown, the first prime sponsor of the AR154 and a veteran twice activated for war, expressed why he feels it is important to support Israel, “The ability of our friend Israel to defend itself against terrorism is a fundamental right necessary to guarantee it can survive as a free society.”

Amy Handlin

Another prime sponsor Assemblywoman Amy Handlin offers her rationale for speaking out, “AR154 recognizes that has Israel made comprehensive peace offers in the past, including fully withdrawing from Gaza, giving Palestinians a place entirely of their own to build and manage — a concrete result for moderate Palestinians to show for their efforts. In light of New Jersey’s shared humanitarian values with Israel, it is important that we speak out that Hamas does not share those values because it kicked out the moderates in a bloody civil war and has since focused on building rockets and underground tunnels to attack Israel and Israelis rather than on building a vibrant society and looking out for ordinary Palestinians.”

Deputy Consul General of Israel in New York Amir Sagie explained that he came to Trenton “to strongly express the gratitude of the Israeli people for this show of support and these meaningful resolutions. As an Israeli diplomat,” he added, “It is a unique pleasure to join hands with our partners in NJ, the one state that we compare to Israel more than any other, not just because of the relative size, but because we are inextricably linked together in our profound belief in freedom and respect for democracy.”

Assembly Republicans who expressed support for AR154, through sponsorship, attendance at the press conference or other meetings includes:

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21)
Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-11)
Assemblyman Chris A. Brown (R-2)
Assemblyman Tony Bucco (R-25)
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11)
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13)
Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21)
Assemblyman Dave Rible (R-30)
Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-40)
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39)
Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-16)
Assemblyman Dave Wolfe (R-10)

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Bramnick seeks leniency for Philly woman who mistakenly carried gun into N.J.

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The top Republican in New Jersey’s Assembly says it defies common sense to make a woman with no criminal record face a mandatory prison sentence for bringing a licensed handgun into the state.

Shaneen Allen, a mother of two from Philadelphia, would not have been guilty of anything in 30 other states when she crossed into New Jersey with a gun she’s permitted to carry in Pennsylvania, said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union.

Jon Bramnick

Bramnick said Tuesday he’s pleased the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office is reviewing its decision to deny Allen entry into a pretrial-intervention program.

“It tugs at my heart to think about a woman going to jail under these circumstances, and I’m convinced that the county prosecutor will probably see that a reasonable outcome would be something other than state prison time,” he said.

If an agreement is not reached that will allow Allen to avoid a prison sentence, Bramnick said he’ll urge legislative leaders to call an emergency session to vote on a measure giving prosecutors more discretion in such cases.

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Bramnick urges Atlantic County prosecutors to use discretion in Shaneen Allen case

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Jon Bramnick

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) today urged prosecutors in Atlantic County to reconsider the case of Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania woman who was arrested for possessing a legal firearm in Atlantic County earlier this year, and called on lawmakers across the state to revisit the issue of prosecutorial discretion to better deal with similar circumstances.

Bramnick held an impromptu press conference in the Statehouse where he passionately explained why he thinks Allen ought to receive a lesser punishment — either a disorderly persons offense or the opportunity for pretrial intervention, he said — for her crime.

“There comes a time as a legislator, as a human being, that something happens that mandates you to make a public statement,” Bramnick said. “Now the reason I became a public legislator, a public official, is because when I see something that goes against my grain, that to me defies common sense, I need to speak out.”

Allen, who possessed a Pennsylvania concealed-carry permit for the weapon when she was pulled over during a traffic stop outside of Atlantic City but hadn’t registered the gun in New Jersey, now faces a three year mandatory prison sentence under New Jersey law, some of the harshest in the country when it comes to gun carrying. Bramnick argued that that sentence is to steep for someone who had no idea the weapon she was carrying was illegal in New Jersey.

She could’ve driven through 30 other states with more lenient gun restrictions and not have been found guilty of the crime she now faces, he said.

“We know she made a mistake, and we also know that she was technically in violation of a law of this state,” Bramnick added. “The question that I raise, and I think many members of the legislature would agree with me, is: is this a case where a woman that has no criminal record go to jail? I cannot find anyone in the legislature who believe this woman should go to jail. I am convinced that we will change the law.”

Bramnick referred to a bill introduced by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer several weeks after Allen’s arrest that aims to provide relief for mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearms offenses. That bill (A3608) would encourage prosecutors, like the one in Allen’s case, to use their own discretion when punishing offenders, giving them flexibility to either impose a mandatory sentence or have the defendant enter into a pretrial intervention program based on the convicted person’s background.

“That is common practice in the state,” Bramnick said, referring to the use of discretion by prosecutors in other cases across the state. “I would hope that’s what would happen in Atlantic County. Now once again, I am not here to tell the prosecutor what to do. I am simply saying that as a Minority Leader, this was not my intent when we voted for a very strict handgun law.”

Bramnick, who’s among a handful of top lawmakers in Trenton being touted as a possible gubernatorial successor to Gov. Chris Christie, said if there is no agreement between the prosecutors and the defense in Allen’s case, the legislature should take action. He called on Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-32) and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to convene an emergency legislative session to consider Allen’s case if it came to that.

“It tugs at my heart to think about a woman going to jail under these circumstances,” Bramnick lamented, adding later that he “wouldn’t normally do a press conference with respect to one issue, but it’s just so damaging to someone’s life.”

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Bramnick Calls for More Discretion in Gun Cases

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The top Republican in New Jersey’s Assembly says it defies common sense to make a woman with no criminal record face a mandatory prison sentence for bringing a licensed handgun into the state.

Jon Bramnick

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick says Shaneen Allen, a mother of two from Philadelphia, would not have been guilty of anything in 30 other states when she crossed into New Jersey with a gun she’s permitted to carry in Pennsylvania.

Bramnick is pleased the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office is reviewing its decision to deny Allen entry into a pre-trial intervention program.

“It tugs at my heart to think about a woman going to jail under these circumstances and I’m convinced that the county prosecutor will probably see that a reasonable outcome would be something other than state prison time.”

If an agreement is not reached for Allen to avoid a prison sentence, Bramnick says he’ll urge legislative leaders to call an emergency session to vote on a measure giving prosecutors more discretion in such cases.

“Because we cannot have a woman without a criminal record with two children going to state prison for what I consider a serious mistake.”

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Bramnick on Legislative remedy urged for handgun case

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The Assembly Republican leader wants a special session of the state Legislature to take up a bill clarifying the intent of handgun laws.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, said he is calling for the session in large part because of the case of Shaneen Allen, the Pennsylvania woman arrested in Atlantic County in 2013 for unlawful possession of a handgun, even though the weapon was legally registered in her home state.

The state’s strict Graves Act mandates a minimum prison term of five years for violators. Allen has said she did not know it was illegal to bring the weapon into New Jersey. The Atlantic County prosecutor has declined to dismiss the charges, but he told a Superior Court judge recently that he was reviewing his office’s position on the case, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

A trial date for the case has been moved from Oct. 6 to Oct. 20.

Jon Bramnick

“There are 30 states that she could have driven through that she would not have been guilty of anything whatsoever,” Bramnick said Tuesday. “We know she made a mistake and we also know that she was technically in violation of the law of this state.”

But, Bramnick said, he knows of no one in the Legislature or in the public who believes Allen should go to jail.

Bramnick called for immediate action on a bill, A-3608, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, that would allow for pre-trial intervention for violators such as Allen.

“Judges should be allowed to use their discretion if there was no criminal record or intent.” Dancer said previously.

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Bramnick: Sending Shaneen Allen to prison would be a ‘mistake’

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Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen is a single mother of two with no criminal record, but she is facing a mandatory three-year prison term because last year she was caught with a gun in New Jersey that she’s legally allowed to possess in Pennsylvania. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick doesn’t think Allen should go to jail as a result of the violation.

Jon Bramnick

“I’m convinced that when we passed this law that we were not looking to put Shaneen Allen in jail,” said Bramnick (R-Westfield). “We cannot have a woman without a criminal with two children going to state prison for what I consider a serious mistake.”

Under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Jackson) judges would have the option of not sending someone like Allen to prison if the person from out-of-state is caught with a gun in New Jersey and meets three requirements.

“Number one, the individual would have no criminal record. Number two, the individual would have no known association or affiliation with any street gangs and number three, the individual must be in compliance with its home state gun laws,” Dancer said when he introduced the bill in August.

The Atlantic County prosecutor is reviewing the Allen case. If a settlement is reached that doesn’t include prison time that would be great Bramnick said, but if Allen is sent to jail the assemblyman said he will ask for a special session of the legislature to pass Dancer’s bill.

“This is a case where a woman who has no criminal record should not go to jail,” Bramnick said.

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Dennis and Judi speak with Jon Bramnick about Shaneen Allen

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Shaneen Allen was pulled over for a routine traffic stop and told the officer who pulled her over that she was carrying a gun, which she had a license for, in the state of Pennsylvania. Because Allen was not a licensed gun owner in New Jersey, she was arrested and is awaiting trial for gun possession. Her ignorance for NJ’s gun laws are not an excuse and could now face a mandatory 3-year sentence.

As Dennis and Judi voiced their frustrations on the case, their frustrations also called out NJ’s top politicians, who they believe should be speaking up on this case and bringing some common sense to the table.

Currently, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced a bill that would give a judge the discretion to either impose a mandatory sentence or call for pre-trial intervention for first time offenders from out of state. But is this too little too late for someone like Shaneen Allen?

Assemblyman Republican Leader Jon Bramnick called in to the show to defend some politicians, like himself, who believe that Allen should be granted leniency. Currently, judges have no say in the matter and the sentences are mandatory.

Listen to the interview with Dennis and Judi.and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick in the  audio player below.

http://nj1015.com/dennis-and-judi-speak-with-jon-bramnick/

 

 

 

 

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