Do you Know Carol Bowne? An Open Letter to the Assembly of New Jersey,

by John J. Petrolino III

Carol Bowne
Carol Bowne was brutally stabbed to death waiting for her never issued her NJ permission slip because of Justifiable Need and New Jersey’s unconstitutional gun laws.

New Jersey – -( Carol Bowne was a Berlin Township woman. A regular, taxpaying citizen, working as a hair stylist. People that knew her described her as being caring and friendly. People that knew her were also worried about her safety.

Bowne was in a relationship that went south with Michael Eitel. When things started to get bad, after breaking them off with Ethel, Bowne had a security system installed at her home. Her worries persisted and she approached the local police department about getting a restraining order, which was filled. Even with a restraining order, harassment by Eitel continued and Bowne approached her local police department regularly seeking help and protection.

That plea went unheard.

Bowne finally decided she needed more protection in her life so she applied for a Permit to Purchase a Pistol. New Jersey law states that a Pistol Permit is to be issued or denied within a 30 day time period. 42 days after applying for a Pistol Permit, Bowne was slaughtered by Michael Eitel in her driveway. The restraining order she applied for, her pleas to the police and her application for a pistol did not protect her while Eitel stabbed her to death. Bowne was never issued her NJ permission slip.

New Jersey employs the Justifiable Need clause in our administrative code. This means the anyone that wishes to get a permit to carry must show there is a “serious and specific threat.” After the Bowne massacre, former Governor Christie, through his executive power made a small and incremental change to this code that a threat could be “serious or specific.” This code change would be enough for women like Carol Bowne to be able to secure a permit to carry in the state. Governor Murphy recently had this change reversed in the name of public safety.

On March 26, 2018 you are scheduled to vote on A2758. This bill is only going to take the code that Christie and Murphy have both changed through executive fiat and make it statutory law.

Not only is this dangerous to women like Carol Bowne, it is also unconstitutional. The Heller decision outlined that a right can not be regulated on a case by case basis. This is the principal of the Cheesman lawsuit that is now in motion.

Vote “NO” on A2758. Further, demand that victims like Bowne, minorities and other people that have serious risks and threats in their lives be given back their rights to keep and bear arms by allowing the issuance of concealed carry permits.

Our laws do need to be overhauled, however, they need to be changed to protect the law abiding citizen and punish the criminal. Not the other way around.

John Petrolino is a US Merchant Marine Officer, writer, author of Decoding Firearms: An Easy to Read Guide on General Gun Safety & Use and NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor living under and working to change New Jersey’s draconian and unconstitutional gun laws. You can find him on the web at on twitter at @johnpetrolino and on instagram @jpetrolinoiii

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when a politician is sued in civil court, he/she cannot use any public funds for defense. so it seems that these people need to be sued in civil court as individuals. No special permit needed, just a sensible wrongful death law suit. Maybe, having to pay out of their own pocket for lawyer, will make them start thinking if this is done enough times.



Jim M

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241
Conspiracy Against Rights This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same). It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment… Read more »


Hers an idea.
Whenever someone is killed due to not being able to protect themselves, the family of the deceased sues the state government for unlawful death due to breach of it’s duty of care.
Every government, Local, State and Federal has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for it’s citizens.
These dickheads are obviously in breach of this SWORN DUTY!


Hey Jap Good point about suing those. Richards but just read SCOTUS rendered a decision holding harmless those type of protectors I would expect that of Ginsberg but disappointed with Scalia Haven’t read. the decision so forgive me if this is not completely true

John A Jameson

If the USA was given an enema, NJ is where the nozzle would be stuffed.


I have a quote for you…
“Tolerance is the lube that helps slip the dildo of dysfunction into the ass of a civilized society.”

TheHoly Crow

What we need is massive civil disobedience. A million person march of armed citizens would be a good start. However, not too many people seem to have the gonads for that. Perhaps that will change soon. I would be willing to bet that a lot of LE’s would smile on that, knowing that armed citizens can have their back in a tight situation.


As I said in another post , which I don’t think wade it for some reason. I got fed up with the Andy show picked up and moved out of New York. Have not looked back once. I know it’s hard but MOVE and let the progressive liberal socialist elites govern what’s left.

The other Jim

Who Cheesman, Case#?? Cheesman appeared to be about the New Jersey stun gun ban.


People of New Jersey. You got the government you voted for. Don’t like it? Look in the mirror and complain to the person responsible.



Rob Marter

NJ Government officials like the police have sovereign immunity from such lawsuits. The bar to successfully sue is very, very high. There is also no Second Amendment protection in the NJ state constitution. It was erased during a constitutional convention back around 1949.


Delaware ‘s Gov Carny is following in NJ foot steps! Idiots in power

Leo Smith

New Jersey is For the Elite and Illegals. Everyone else is on their own. New Jersey HATES the Constitution because it gave Americans too much independence and power. New Jersey is the Death of Freedom and a Hotspot for Criminal Politicians to Rape the Taxpayers.

Douglas Kuykendall

I hope her family has a law suit going.Take them for all they’re worth