When Steffon Josey-Davis was pulled over by police along a New Jersey road two years ago, the young security guard never imagined his legally owned gun would be confiscated — and the incident would make him a convicted felon.
Josey-Davis’ nightmare began on the morning of Sept. 20, 2013 when he was preparing to leave his North Brunswick, N.J., home for a job as an armed security guard with Loomis Armored, a company responsible for transporting money to banks.
While unloading his 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun inside his car, his 6-year-old sister wandered into the family’s garage, startling Josey-Davis. He quickly tucked the firearm inside the glove compartment and out of the child’s view, according to his account.
Hours later, while driving at night with his girlfriend in Highland Park, he was pulled over. Josey-Davis says he was going below the speed limit.
But the fact that he did not yet have a permit to carry the gun — which was stored, still loaded, in the glove compartment — resulted in his arrest.
The 24-year-old now has a criminal record and is unable to secure a job — and his dreams of becoming a police officer are dashed.
“This is a case of a law-abiding citizen being turned into a criminal by New Jersey gun laws.”
– Gun rights attorney Evan Nappen
Interview with Steffon:
Josey-Davis is now seeking a pardon from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and has mounted a robust social media campaign, including a Change.org petition that has attracted more than 85,000 signatures to date.
Please sign the petition HERE