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New Jersey gun laws gave killer carjackers lethal advantage

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A Christmas-shopping lawyer has been shot to death in front of his wife at an upscale New Jersey mall, and their expensive SUV was stolen by “a pair of suspected carjackers,” Reuters reported Monday.

“The victim, Dustin Friedland, 30, wasn't protecting his luxury SUV, says a source close to the investigation -- but his beloved wife Jamie, already in the car,” the Daily News elaborated.

Against armed sociopaths, unarmed protection is severely limited, and New Jersey gun laws ensure the advantage goes to the predators.

While The Mall at Short Hills does not appear to post a “no weapons” policy on its website, the point is made moot by the Garden State’s “may issue” concealed carry restrictions.

‘Issuance of the permit is almost completely discretionary, and New Jersey courts have upheld the policy of strictly limiting permits ‘to persons specifically employed in security work . . . and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection’,” USA Carry reports.

That only matters to people who obey the law.

While it would be wrong to presume the victim would have agreed, that should have no bearing on the choices of those who do. After all, if monstrous violence can happen at a center described as posh, upscale, exclusive and high-end, it can happen anywhere. There are no safe havens, and no one has a moral right to dictate that free people who are aware of that may not -- under penalty of law -- be prepared to at least give themselves and their loved ones a fighting chance.

UPDATE: Foiled carjacking shows different outcome potentials when gun owners have choice

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