Just who would be allowed to purchase enhanced body armor? The State. According to Representative Honda:
This bill will keep military body armor out of the wrong hands. It would ensure that only law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders would be able to access enhanced body armor.
What is enhanced body armor? Again, according to Representative Honda:
We’re not talking about just a standard bullet-proof vest. We’re talking about body armor that is designed for warfare, designed to protect against law enforcement ammunitions.
In other words, this bill is designed to keep all new, purely defensive, enhanced body armor out of everyone but the State’s hands in order to ensure that the State’s officials (i.e. the police, military, etc.) keep their already enormous advantage over civilians in combat. Of course, it is supposedly designed only to protect against criminals; but it bans enhanced body armor purchases for all civilians.
What do you think? Should purchasing such body armor be done away with for all but the cops and military? Or is this another example of the government trampling on civilian rights while protecting their own?
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