Pennsylvania Resident Shaneen Allen could face up to 3 and a half years in prison or maybe even more (there seems to be some disparity within the article) for what seems like a relatively minor offense, if it was even an offense at all. Allen was pulled over in October 2013, in New Jersey for an "unsafe lane-change". When the officer pulled her over, she told him that she had a concealed weapon and showed him her Pennsylvania carry-license. Unfortunately for her New Jersey is one of 20 states that do not recognize Pennsylvania's firearm license. Allen was arrested and charged with crimes that could carry up to a decade of prison time if convicted. Allen had previously been robbed twice, which is what prompted her to get the gun and license in the first-place.
Critics have also pointed out that the same Judge and Prosecutor in Allen's case, have agreed to allow NFL player Ray Rice to enter a "first-time offenders" program and avoid any jail time after he knocked his wife out.
So what are your thoughts? Any "crime" that Allen would have committed is only technical, she didn't intend to do anything wrong.
I understand that states will have different laws relating to gun licenses, and may not always recognize every other state's licenses. But residents of one state shouldn't have to know all of the different regulations of every state and which states recognize their home state's license (though maybe state government's should post such information online). I think the Federal government should lay down some kind of law to avoid situations such as this; namely they should require states to temporarily recognize the licenses issued by other states when the license holder is in transit through the state (if they stay in the state for an extended period of time, than obviously they should have to comply with that state's law).