• NJ Woman Awaiting State Permission To Own Gun Stabbed To Death

    Carol Bowne from Berlin Township, NJ wanted to protect herself from a former boyfriend against whom she had a restraining order, so she applied for a license to own a handgun on April 21, a process that can be tedious in the Garden State.

    While Bowne waited for the state—which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation— to give her permission to own a gun, she was allegedly stabbed to death in her own driveway by her former boyfriend, Michael Eitel on Wednesday.

    Eitel, is “a convicted felon” who, as of Thursday, had still managed to evade authorities.

    Bowne reportedly “installed security cameras and an alarm system to her home and began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun” after getting the restraining order. Her co-workers said, “She got a restraining order about a month ago, and right after that her car windows were broken.”

    She “had inquired” about the progress of her gun license request as recently as June 1, but the “application process typically takes two months or more as police collect information on the applicant, including fingerprints and reference checks.”

    “This woman did not have to die,” Scott Bach, executive director of the National Rifle Association-affiliated Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, said Friday. “The State of New Jersey prevented her from having a fighting chance.”

    Bach called New Jersey’s gun licensing system “antiquated, outdated” and criticized the process for being overly complicated. Citing common delays, he said Bowne’s application probably was “languishing” in the system.

    Applicants must submit forms, obtain references, get their fingerprints verified, and undergo background checks to purchase a handgun in New Jersey.

    A decision is supposed to be made within 30 days after the application is completed, but typically the process takes much longer, Bach said.

    The system failed to protect Carol Bowne. This tragedy exemplifies the triviality of putting a licensing requirement on the Second Amendment and proves that gun control does little other than make the work of rapists, robbers, murderers and nuts easier.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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