If it’s up to Representative Mike Honda H.R. 5344, the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014 will become law.
Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose has just introduced legislation that would prohibit any civilian from being able to buy military-grade body armor. Honda’s reasoning is that criminals are able to use the body armor when in gun battles with law enforcement, making them much more difficult to stop.
But apparently the same criminals who aren’t even supposed to have guns in the first place will be prevented from getting their hands on body armor if the law goes into effect. In a news conference Honda said that this legislation would somehow discourage these criminals from wearing body armor and carrying out mass killings with complete invincibility.
According to nbcbayarea.com,
“This bill will keep military body armor out of the wrong hands,” Honda said. “It would ensure that only law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders would be able to access enhanced body armor.”
“We’re not talking about just a standard bullet-proof vest,” he said. “We’re talking about body armor that is designed for warfare, designed to protect against law enforcement ammunitions.”
Honda said shootings by armored assailants are becoming a trend in recent years and said that according to experts, “access to military-grade body armor emboldens criminals and mass shooters to act.”
“There’s nothing more dangerous than an unstoppable, well-armored shooter,” he said. “The law enforcement community sees an increase in use of body armor in violent, gun-related crimes.”
The congressman cited a shooting on July 22 in Riverside County, where a man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle shot and killed two sheriff’s deputies and wounded another.
“We should be asking ourselves, why is this armor available to just anyone, if it was designed to be used only by our soldiers to take to war?” Honda said.
But the new law would not only prohibit any civilians from buying the body armor. No one would be allowed to transfer or possess body armor as well. A few law enforcement organizations in California have gotten behind the proposed legislation.
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