When New Jersey hair stylist Carole Brown’s [left] relationship with boyfriend Michael Eitel [right] went south, she feared for her life. For good reason. Eitel went to the salon in Somerdale where Brown worked and smashed the windows on her vehicle. Brown told Eitel to move out of her home and filed a restraining order. In mid-April, Brown applied for a handgun license to protect herself from her ex. On Wednesday, with her application still languishing at her local police station, Michael Eitel stabbed Carole Brown to death outside her home . . .
The case has triggered the gunblogosphere’s entirely justified sense of outrage. Even the mainstream Garden State media, which treats gun rights like syphilis and pro-gun advocates like lepers, have covered the story from a semi-sympathetic point-of-view. Especially as the Berlin Township police dropped the proverbial ball. nj.com:
Thirty days. Or is it two to three months?
Berlin Township police Chief Leonard Check said at his department, it’s the latter when it comes to approving firearms permits and involves multiple organizations coordinating to give the green light.
Scott Bach, the executive director of the Sussex County-headquartered Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, couldn’t stress the former time frame enough.
“Permitting authorities are notorious for violating state-mandated time frames,” said Bach, citing state criminal code that requires an application be granted within 30 days . . .
According to reports, Bowne submitted her application for a gun license on April 21 and went to see where the process stood two days before her death. Reports also indicate the police department had not yet received the results of her fingerprinting . . .
In all, the 2- to 3-month timeline may be a little shorter, but usually longer, the chief said, noting that he was not aware of any 30-day constraint for his department to sign off on an application when asked about the state statute.
Ignorance is no excuse under the law. Unless you’re the law, I suppose.
This is hardly the first time an American citizen was left defenseless by a government agency that refused to issue a piece of paper recognizing an American’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms (e.g., Denver shock Jock Alan Berg). Also keep in mind: Brown was not applying for a concealed carry license – which Chief Check would have no doubt denied.
The Brown case will not change New Jersey firearms law. As long as Garden State statists hold sway over the citizens they supposedly serve, residents seeking to exercise their gun rights will continue to face delay and denial. And innocent people will die as a result.