- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A Philadelphia woman facing a weapons count in New Jersey has lost her bid to have the charge dismissed.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/USzBFP) reports that a judge also refused Tuesday to overturn a decision by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office to block Shaneen Allen’s bid to enter a pretrial program for nonviolent offenders.

Allen was charged last October following a traffic stop on the Atlantic City Expressway.

The 27-year-old single mother of two young children told the police officer that she had a handgun in her vehicle and has a concealed carry permit issued by Pennsylvania. But that license carries no legal weight in New Jersey, which has some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws.

Allen could face a mandatory three-year prison term if convicted.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com