An article in the Courier-Post lays out not only Gov. Chris Christie's views on obtaining guns but also more insight into Carol Bowne's views. She was the 39-year-old hairdresser who was fatally stabbed outside her Berlin Township home while awaiting the state's permission to buy a gun for protection from an ex-boyfriend. From the Courier-Post:
. . . Christie said the "fundamental right" to bear arms "is all the more important for those who are victims of violence or under threat."
The governor's actions drew a mixed response from Bowne's father, Sonny Ehly of Voorhees.
"It's too late now for my daughter. It's after the fact," said Ehly, who described himself as "angry, very very angry."
"But I hope for other people, they'll get justice," the father said. "If it helps another woman, or a man, that would be good."
"I'm behind the right to carry guns." . . .
Carol Browne's father surely believes that his daughter would have been much safer if she had been able to get a gun for protection. It also sounds as if her father had strongly supported her effort to get a gun.
These proposed rules still seem much too restrictive to me.
Under Christie's proposed changes, a request to buy or carry a gun would have to be resolved within 14 days if the applicant:
•Is the victim of violence or threatened with violence or a deadly weapon, "and there is a substantial likelihood of another such incident in the foreseeable future."
•Lives under a demonstrable threat, as evidenced by a restraining order against someone who poses the "substantial likelihood" of violence or a threat with a deadly weapon.