Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck announced they will introduce legislation to prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a current restraining order. According to a Courier-Post report, a Berlin Township woman who was killed in an apparent domestic attack on Wednesday night was waiting for the approval of a firearms permit. According to the report the application was submitted in April but the review process had not yet been completed.
Legislation sponsored by Senators Addiego, Allen and Beck will prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a restraining order. (©iStock)
“The tragic murder of Carol Bowne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic). “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”
Under the legislation, a person protected by a current restraining order who applies for a New Jersey firearms permit would be prioritized by police processing gun permit applications. The bill does not impact current laws, requirements or standards regarding the qualifications for or awarding of a permit.
“Residents protected by a court-ordered restraining order have proven to a judge that they are in danger and in need of protection,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “We hope this legislation will speed up the approval process for survivors of domestic violence who want to purchase a firearm to protect themselves or their children.”
“It’s important there be a complete and thorough review process for firearms applications but it’s also important the process be as timely as possible — starting with those who feel that they or their family are in danger of being re-victimized,” said Beck (R-Monmouth). “This legislation is a sensible means to help provide some level of comfort and security to those living in fear.”