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NJ Woman Stabbed to Death While Waiting for Gun Permit

Dan Gilmore · Jun. 8, 2015

The Left loves anecdotes in the debate over the Second Amendment, so here’s one to ponder: While gun control proponents argue long wait times and a maze of red tape obstructing citizens from acquiring firearms keep the bad guys from getting guns, New Jersey’s lengthy process to get a handgun could have contributed to the death of a Berlin Township hairdresser. Carol Browne was found in her driveway last week, dead of multiple stab wounds. She had placed a restraining order on her former boyfriend, Michael Eitel, who was indicted for aggravated assault with bodily injury in 2006, convicted of a weapons offense in 2008 and was sentenced to five years. In addition to applying for a firearm, Browne installed an alarm and security cameras at her home. But anyone who wants a firearm in the Garden State faces a gauntlet of an application. “Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check said Bowne applied for a gun license on April 21, and that she had inquired Monday about her request,” reports the Courier-Post. “The application process typically takes two months or more as police collect information on the applicant, including fingerprints and reference checks. ‘We did not get the fingerprint information yet,’ said Check.” It was a bureaucratic snag that kept Browne from having a gun nearby the night Eitel decided to break the restraining order. Meanwhile, after a three-day manhunt, Eitel was found dead after apparently hanging himself.

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