The following photo of Tawana Bourne was provided by the Middletown Police Department.
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -
A Middletown mother, who was arrested after pulling out a gun at another mom at a Chuck E. Cheese's last week, had her request for a pistol permit denied by police.
However, that decision was overturned by a Connecticut Appeals Board.
On Feb. 4, Tawana Bourne, 30, was arrested after allegedly pulling out a 380 semi-automatic handgun and chambered a round during a fight with another parent in front of children at the Newington Chuck E. Cheese's. No shots were fired during the incident and no one was seriously injured.
It is still unclear what the fight was about.
Bourne did possess a valid state of Connecticut pistol permit, which along with the handgun was seized from her after the arrest.
In 2009, the Middletown Police Department denied Bourne's pistol permit application. Her arrests in 2001, 2003 and 2004 as well as two convictions were part of the reason for the denial.
"That was the basis for the denial along with some other arrests within our town, two times we had to commit her to the hospital for a mental evaluation," said Middletown Police Department Lt. Heather Desmond at the hearing of the Connecticut Board of Firearms Permit Examiners on Sept. 9, 2010. "And she displayed knives during those interactions to family members, and at one point, a family member applied for a restraining order against her."
Bourne also attended the meeting and explained her side of the story.
"Those were at a time in my life when I was young, immature, broken on the inside and addicted to crack cocaine," she said. "I'm seven years clean now and I don't have any violent records or any violent crimes on my record."
After Bourne told the Connecticut Board of Firearms Permit Examiners that she turned her life around, the members voted unanimously to overturn the Middletown Police Department's denial and give her the permit.
"I think the full record of the case presented attends to show that Ms. Bourne is a suitable person," one board member told Eyewitness News on Thursday.
At first, retired Chief T. William Knapp, who is a member of the Connecticut Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, said "no recollection" about the case involving Bourne. He told Eyewitness News that he "remembers cases from a month ago."
"She must have made a rather compelling case," Knapp said.
For the Chuck E. Cheese's incident, Bourne was charged with breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a minor, threatening and reckless endangerment. She was released on $50,000 bond and was given a court date of Feb. 19.
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:29:45 GMT
While Oklahoma is no stranger to powerful tornadoes, Mid-Michigan has seen only a handful of EF-4 or EF-5 tornadoes. According to the City of Ann Arbor's government website, since 1882, 343 people haveMore >
We've all seen the incredible images out of Oklahoma where an entire subdivision was wiped off the map by a tornado and at least 24 people were killed - but what if a tornado that large struck Mid-Michigan?More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:03:12 GMT
Two Michiganders are the most recently christened millionaires in the state, thanks to the Powerball lottery. Kristen Martin purchased her winning Powerball ticket on a whim. Not one to typically purchaseMore >
Two Michiganders are the most recently christened millionaires in the state, thanks to the Powerball lottery. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:32:53 GMT
A dispute has brought construction on Southbound I-75 to a halt. The state has issued a stop work order on a project to repave a portion of the expressway in Saginaw County.Copyright 2013 WNEM (MeredithMore >
A dispute has brought construction on Southbound I-75 to a halt. The state has issued a stop work order on a project to repave a portion of the expressway in Saginaw County.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >