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Carol Bowne Murdered by Ex-boyfriend.. and New Jersey Laws

June 7, 2015

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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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18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2015 3:18 pm

    …and Ann Coulter and other so-called “conservative” pundits think Chris Christie would make a wonderful “President.”


    • rehafner permalink
      June 8, 2015 5:52 am

      You forget, NJ has been a gun grabbers paradise years before Christie.


  2. Diamondback permalink
    June 8, 2015 7:41 am

    This is the DIRECT RESULT of the KNOWING VIOLATION of this woman’s fundament, “incorporated”, civil rights. The government has NO LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY to deny Americans their right to bear arms for defense of self, others, property and Liberty.

    Her family should bring both civil AND CRIMINAL charges against those responsible under one or more of the following US Codes:

    18 USC Sections, 3, 4, 241, 242, 2381
    42 USC Sections 1983, 1985, 1986

    I could provide a long list of precedent setting jurisprudence to prove the guilt of those who denied this lady her fundamental Rights.

    Use the 14th Amendment to PIERCE their customary “qualified immunity.”

    If I’m not mistaken, because a death is involved, the penalty can reach Death.

    Hire a good CIVIL RIGHTS Lawyer and give no quarter!


    • Diamondback permalink
      June 8, 2015 7:43 am

      That’s Knowing, or should have known, violation of civil rights UNDER COLOR OF LAW!


  3. ianargent permalink
    June 8, 2015 4:00 pm

    As of 1998, New Jersey caselaw requires that the issuing authority neither deny nor issue permits until the fingerprint check from the FBI and SBI has been returned and shows that the applicant is not a prohibited person. I did the research and posted at PAGunBlog, where Sebastian graciously allows me to annoy people about whatever catches my fancy.

    This is presumably why the Berlin Twp Police Chief mentioned the fingerprint results were not back; because of the case I reference (direct link “We read the statutory scheme as requiring a chief of police to withhold action on an application for a firearms purchaser identification card until receipt of the requisite SBI and FBI fingerprint reports.”

    If the federal judiciary wouldn’t even nail the Port Authority for a violation of the FOPA protections for travellers, what makes you think they’re going to do anything at all about someone complying with a NJ apellate court ruling?

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    • June 8, 2015 5:50 pm

      Thank you for posting, Ian.
      Fingerprint checks routinely take a few hours. The rest is politics.


      • ianargent permalink
        June 8, 2015 11:03 pm

        A fingerprint check shouldn’t take that long. Assuming that Mophy (IIRC they’re the company that does all BG-check fingerprinting in NJ now, right?) delivered the fingerprints to the cops immediately, and assuming the cops took action on them instead of leaving them in the inbox, &c.

        There’s no penalties for not expediting any of this process, which is a crying shame and a theoretical infringement on Ms Browne’s constitutional rights. What it is unlikley to be, alas, is the basis of a successful 1983 suit. Wasting effort on that is a wasted effort – redirect towards getting the law changed. Change the law to have NJ use NICS.

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