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New Jersey's Web of Injustice

Special Report by Ginny Simone

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They thought they had done everything right. Mia and Steve Higginbotham were planning to fly with a firearm, so they did what any law-abiding citizen would do — they looked up the rules and regulations to legally transport a gun.

Unloaded? Check. Locked in a hard-sided container? Check. Stored in a checked bag? Check. Except in their case, three checks meant they were out. The Transportation Security Administration official said everything looked fine. But the New Jersey counter agent disagreed.

That began a downward spiral that led to Mia being arrested in front of her four-year-old daughter. To this day, every time the toddler sees a policeman, she fears he’s coming to take her mommy away.

It's another heartbreaking case in the state that leads the nation in stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights. As Mia says, she became "a check in their box … 'we got a gun owner off the street.'"

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