When 39-year-old Carol Bowne of Berlin Township, N.J., realized her ex-boyfriend was violent and likely to hurt her, she applied for a protective order to legally keep Michael Eitel away from her. But she realized that stop, along with having a home security and alarm system, was not enough. So she decided to purchase a handgun for self-defense.
Unfortunately for Bowne, because of New Jersey's overly restrictive laws on purchasing a firearm, her firearm permit application —submitted back in April — was still under consideration when Eitel, a convicted felon, brutally stabbed her to death in her driveway on June 10. Left defenseless by the very system she relied on to protect her, Bowne paid the ultimate price — and became the latest victim of the state's draconian gun laws.