In New Jersey, it’s easier to do almost everything than it is to obtain a permit for a handgun. The tedious process of trudging through paperwork and background checks can take so long that a person can be murdered before they finally get their permit.
That’s what happened to 39 year old Carol Browne of Berlin Township.
Browne had broken off her relationship with 45 year old Michael Eitel. He did not take the breakup well and became very threatening. Browne feared for her safety and life. Even though she was able to obtain a restraining order against him, she still did not believe it was enough to protect her. She ended up installing an alarm system and security cameras at her home.
Then she started the process of trying to obtain a permit for a handgun because she so feared what Eitel might do. Unlike many states that have a short waiting period of up to a week in which they can do a background check, the process in New Jersey takes months.
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