The NAACP turned a deaf ear to the pleas of aspiring police officer Steffon Josey-Davis when he was convicted for running afoul of New Jersey’s draconian gun control laws. It was instead Second Amendment activists that stepped forward to convince Governor Chris Christie to issue Josey-Davis a pardon:
Monday morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a pardon to 24-year-old Steffon Josey-Davis. Davis, a former armed guard for currency security company Loomis, was arrested and charged in 2013 for accidentally transporting his legally registered handgun.
“WHEREAS, Steffon Josey-Davis, was arrested on September 20, 2013 and was thereafter indicted for one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5 (b) in the Borough of Highland Park, County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey,” the pardon states. “WHEREAS, Steffon Josey-Davis has made a written application to the Governor for a pardon for the aforesaid offense, and the State Parole Board, upon request of the Governor, in accordance with the law, has made an investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding said application for Pardon; NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and the statures of this State, do hereby grant Steffon Josey-Davis, a full and free Pardon for all criminal charges and indictments arising from the arrest occurring September 20, 2013 to include the aforesaid crime, and this order is applicable soley to said criminal charge and indictment, and to no other.”
Josey-Davis was an armed guard for Loomis who ran afoul of a technicality in New Jersey law and faced ten years in prison as a result.
While I’m unaware of anyone keeping statistics on which Governors issue the most firearms-related pardons, New Jersey’s shrill and paranoid gun control laws have certainly led Christie to issue two high-profile pardons this year, including Pennsylvania mother Shaneen Allen in April. She had committed the Very Serious Crime of driving across a bridge from Pennsylvania with a licensed concealed weapon.
Christie also commuted the sentence of Brian Aitken in 2010 from a long prison sentence for merely transporting firearms from one residence to another. Aitken subsequently had one of his conviction dismissed, another overturned, and is fighting to have the final charge dismissed as well.
New Jersey deserves radically better firearms freedoms, but they will never have them if they keep electing rabid and irrational anti-gun Democrats.