Body-Armor Bill: Self-Defense Turned on Its Head

Rep. Mike Honda (D-California) has introduced a bill that Law Shield thinks is one of the more ridiculous attempts we’ve seen at stripping citizens of their ability to protect themselves with a purely defensive product.

Honda’s HR 5344 is entitled the “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,” and it seeks to ban Level III and higher body armor that can defeat most common rifle ammunition, such as steel-plate armor.

Despite what you may have seen in the movies, criminals rarely use this type of body armor because of its weight and expense, so there’s no reason we can see to keep it from civilians who want to use it to protect themselves.

Anti-civilian-armor prohibitionists will cite the North Hollywood shootout as a reason to outlaw body armor. However, that event happened in Los Angeles in February 1997, and both robbers were killed.

If you wish to weigh in, you can sign a petition to stop HR 5344 here.

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