LGBTQ Woman Arrested, Denied Lawyer and Feminine Hygiene Products Over Legal Firearms

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The state of New Jersey is at it again. A Pennsylvania woman was arrested, denied legal counsel and denied feminine hygiene products due to legal firearms locked securely in the trunk of her car after stopping to text her girlfriend. The following story is another nightmare caused by New Jersey's draconian, unconstitutional gun control regime.

Our story all begins when Meg Fellenbaum stopped on the side of the road in Warren County, NJ, to text her girlfriend while on her way to their second residence in Hackettstown, NJ. Meg, who is gay, acquired and starting training with firearms following a series of attacks perpetrated against her because she was gay. At the time she had legally owned firearms in the trunk of her car, locked up and unloaded.

Suddenly a NJ State Policeman was tapping at her window to see if she's okay and why she is stopped on the side of the road. Meg assured him that she was okay and had just stopped to text her girlfriend (because texting and driving is against the law). The officer returned to his patrol vehicle. Unfortunately though, this is where her nightmare began.

Not even a minute later, as she was about to pull back onto the road, the officer was back at her window. The officer said he noticed a single bullet laying on her back seat floor and asked if she was carrying a firearm at the time. She replied "No." Since she was not carrying a firearm on her at the time, and added that she does have a permit to carry in PA. The officer then asked to see her PA carry permit, which she produced immediately. The officer informed her that permit had expired in February, which is odd since NJ does not recognize PA carry permits anyway as many other incidents have highlighted. At this point she is asked to step out of the car and when she does is immediately handcuffed and read her Miranda rights.

Confused why this is happening to her, she asks what is going on. The officer replied that she was not under arrest but that she was being handcuffed for her safety. Meg never actually saw the bullet in question that the officers had mentioned or that it was, as the police claimed, a hollow point.

The patrol car door is opened up and clipboard is handed to Meg, with the officers advising her to sign this to consent to a search of her vehicle. After refusing to consent, an officer on scene exclaimed, "Great! Looks like we're doing this the hard way! Let's get it towed to the station!" Meg was then driven to the police station, still unaware of what she was being detained for.

After arriving at the station, she was handcuffed to a bench, where she remained for over ten hours being intimidated and interrogated by the police demanding she consent to a search of her vehicle. During this 10 hours Meg suffered multiple panic attacks and during the stress of the event her menstrual cycle began. She requested a tampon from the officers, and just like her requests for her lawyer and phone call, it was denied and told they do not have any at the station. After many threats, being denied legal counsel and a phone call, the officers then told her that she had screwed up and pissed off the judge and that they were going to get into her car one way or another. She was told that she could "forget [the officers] telling the judge she cooperated with them" and charging her with only the alleged bullet they found in her car. After fighting through her tears, she asked once again for her phone call home to let her family know what is happening. The officers told her, if she wanted her family to know, they would call them for her. At that point she once again asked for her constitutionally guaranteed right to a lawyer, and was laughed at.

To make matters worse Meg was in jail for a week (where she was finally provided maxi pads), lost income due to not being able to work, and her grandmother, who Meg is her primary caretaker, fell twice since nobody was able to assist her. All of this because she had her legally owned firearms, locked in the trunk of her car per federal transport laws, and allegedly a single round on the back floor of her vehicle. Please help Meg fight this injustice. She will need tens of thousands of dollars to cover her legal fees, please donate to her legal defense fund by clicking this link.

UPDATE: 10/31/2016 @ 2:30PM

We received a copy of the police report and Meg was charge with the following:

(2C:39-5) - Unlawful Possession of Weapons

(2C:39-3.F) Possession of Hollow Tip Ammunition

AND for the final slap in her face they also charged her with criminal trespassing because when she pulled over to text her girlfriend she was on a private property. Only in New Jersey!

(2C:18-3) Criminal Trespass

UPDATE: 11/1/2016 @ 1 PM

Many are asking us the source of this story. NJ2AS is the source of this story. We are currently trying to get other outlets to cover it.

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  • commented 2016-11-04 13:35:18 -0400
    If you’re saying NJ2AS is the source for the story, are you saying you made it up? There must be a police report, or SOMETHING that gave you the information you’ve provided in this post. SOMEONE told you something. Who is it?
  • commented 2016-11-04 10:31:34 -0400
    New Jersey Legislators have been trying to change the law for the last decade but the Chairman of the Senate and the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will not post the bill at all it’s hard on the State level may have to try on the Federal level.
  • followed this page 2016-11-02 17:01:57 -0400
  • commented 2016-11-02 07:19:33 -0400
    Not at all exaggerated. And the prosecution has actually refused to release any of the video footage until after the preinditment trial. I WISH I WAS MAKING THIS UP but, in fact the nightmare is very real.
  • followed this page 2016-11-02 07:19:19 -0400
  • commented 2016-11-01 18:38:34 -0400
    I hate this auto spell, that’s" Gov’t" not gov’the
  • commented 2016-11-01 18:33:55 -0400
    Wait a minute, I said the wrong.
    Only in NJ would the gov’the go out of its way to turn a citizen into a victim for their own, and for their own B.S. pleasure of making someone suffer for no good reason!!!
    Hope she sues them out of their homes!!!!
  • commented 2016-11-01 17:51:31 -0400
    Unbelievable
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  • commented 2016-11-01 01:02:47 -0400
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  • commented 2016-11-01 00:22:08 -0400
    Sorry - stupid me - August 04, 2014 on that Internet Link below.
  • commented 2016-11-01 00:21:02 -0400
    When I did a search on the Internet for this news, I came up with a hit that occurred in 2013 that is awfully similar to this story.|
    http://www.nj.com/atlantic/index.ssf/2014/08/philadelphia_mom_who_legally_purchased_gun_in_pa_arrested_in_new_jersey_faces_3_years_in_prison.html
  • followed this page 2016-11-01 00:18:46 -0400
  • commented 2016-10-31 22:52:41 -0400
    Well NJ DOESN’T discriminate when it comes to finding Victims who look exercise their constitutional rights, even when they’re exercising it properly!!!
  • commented 2016-10-31 20:44:03 -0400
    New Jersey, what a wonderful place.
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  • commented 2016-10-31 10:52:55 -0400
    If this actually happened in Warren County, why is it not visible on any other web site? Journalism requires things like name of arresting officer, specific dates involved, location of incarceration, name of Judge, County Prosecutor, etc.
  • commented 2016-10-31 08:59:38 -0400
    This honestly sounds a tad exaggerated. Is there a link to a dash cam? Copies of complaints? When did his happen?
  • commented 2016-10-31 08:45:56 -0400
    New Jersey is the worst state ever for 2A. Someone needs to change the laws in the state. I was hoping Chris Christie would change the laws since running with TRUMP but nothing yet.
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