Strict New Jersey guns laws and a lengthy firearms application process left Carol Browne, 39, alone and unarmed on the day her violent ex fatally stabbed her.
Browne knew her ex was coming for her and prepared for the encounter the best she could. She filed a restraining order against him, installed security cameras around her New Jersey home, and even applied for a gun permit – the only way to guarantee she had the power to protect herself.
Browne filed for her firearms permit on April 21, and local police are supposed to make their decision within 30 days. Nearly a month and a half later, however, the paperwork had still not been processed.
“She should have been granted that permit in a timely manner, especially given her status as a domestic violence victim,” said Evan Nappen, a New Jersey-based attorney who specializes in Second Amendment cases.
State Senator Dawn Addiego, a Republican whose district is in southern New Jersey, used Browne’s tragic death to illustrate the dire need for change.
“The tragic murder of Carol Browne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego. “This legislation will make sure that those who need to protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”
“Carol would have qualified for a permit since she was attacked; only now it’s too late,” said Nappen.
Browne’s attacker, Michael Eitel, 45, hung himself shortly after the murder.
(The following was a submission by freelance writer Brent McCluskey)