Carol Bowne Murdered by Ex-boyfriend.. and New Jersey Laws
Carol Bowne is dead. The petite hairdresser was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.. and by the state of New Jersey. Bowne had received threats from her ex-boyfriend. She did everything a law-abiding citizen could do to protect herself in New Jersey. She obtained a protective order. She installed a security system including video cameras inside and outside her home.
Sadly, the restraining orders and cameras are only useful for collecting evidence and bringing charges against an assailant after Ms Bowne was attacked. These measures didn’t matter. Carol was stabbed to death as she drove home and stepped onto her driveway.
Ms. Bowne tried to get a firearm for self-defense. She started the long process to be allowed to buy a gun in New Jersey. The state delayed her application and Bowne ran out of time. Her stalker did not honor the protective order to leave her alone, just as New Jersey bureaucrats did not honor her right of self-defense. Carol Bowne died defenseless. It takes honorable citizens who obey the law up to nine months to buy a firearm in New Jersey. It can be done in an hour if you buy an illegal gun.
Jersey law requires authorities to reply to permit petitioners within 30 days. That law is routinely ignored, as it was in the case of Carol Bowne. New Jersey gun owners report that state authorities deliberately slow the permit process to inhibit the lawful possession of firearms. Carol Bowne called the police and asked about her permit after 41 days. They said she had to wait. She was murdered two days later on day 43.
The man who stabbed Carol Bowne to death was a convicted felon. He also had a previous charge of battery and armed kidnapping of another women. The police dropped the charges and the murderer never served jail time for that assault. The police knew her murderer.. and yet they denied Carol Bowne a firearm purchase permit to defend herself.
If she’d lived, Bowne might have, someday, received her permit to own a firearm for self-defense. She could not have taken her firearm with her as she routinely traveled to the hair salon where she worked or to the store where she shopped. Under New Jersey law she would have to be disarmed every time she traveled. She was murdered as she arrived home.
She needed a carry permit to be armed outside her home, except she couldn’t get one. New Jersey Police Chiefs only grant carry permits to judges and politicians. New Jersey law delivered a defenseless victim as Carol Bowne got out of her car.
Carol’s only hope of armed defense was to leave the state. Unfortunately, Carol Bowne continued to live in her New Jersey home and became another disarmed statistic.
New Jersey gun control costs lives. So do the citizens who sit by as Jersey politicians disarm honest citizens. At long last, anti-rights New Jersey Senator Stephen Sweeney faces a recall campaign. Will you sit and do nothing?
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