Gun laws are abundant in New Jersey, but are those restrictions actually protecting people?

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This morning on air we discussed the tragic story of Carol Browne, the New Jersey woman who was murdered in her driveway by her ex-boyfriend. Browne had a restraining order against the man and planned on keeping a firearm for self-defense, but obviously did not receive the legal go-ahead to do so in time.

Many callers expressed their disgust with Garden State gun laws, saying that they criminalize law-abiding citizens. We also discussed the irony that had Browne obtained a firearm legally and then used it to protect herself in this situation, by virtue of state law, she still could've been tried for shooting her attacker outside her home.

The verdict I've reached is that gun laws don't prevent harm from happening to innocent people because criminals continue to access guns without permits, while the law abiding are often penalized for technicalities, or end up as victims like Browne.

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