Proposed Body Armor Ban for American Citizens

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

People in California aren’t supposed to own guns for self-defense purposes. (Gun laws there seem to act as though the only legitimate reason for owning firearms is hunting and totally ignore the wide range of sport shooting events that are available.)

Now people are not supposed to have body armor that might passively protect them from being shot by a criminal.

This is insanity.

From All Outdoor.com: http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014/08/08/proposed-body-armor-ban-american-citizens/
California Congressman wants us unprotected, calls it “common sense.”

by Russ Chastain
8/8/14

A California Congressman named Mike Honda has submitted H.R. 5344, “The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,” to the United States House of Representatives. In a recent statement, Honda said, “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can do. This bill is common-sense and long overdue.”

Honda seems to prefer a world in which police can kill people with ease.

The stated purpose of the bill is “to prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians, with exceptions.” Exceptions include the federal government, state governments, and body armor already legally possessed.

The definition of “enhanced body armor” in the proposed bill is as follows: “body armor, including a helmet or shield, the ballistic resistance of which meets or exceeds the ballistic performance of Type III armor, determined using National Institute of Justice Standard–0101.06.”

Honda referenced a recent crime as the reason for this new legislation. An excerpt from a local news story reads as follows: “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.”

This seems to be fictitious, though. Reports on the crime indicate that the two victims were not police officers at all, and a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release states that one officer had “minor injuries” – and makes no mention of the shooter wearing armor.

Complete article at:  http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014/08/08/proposed-body-armor-ban-american-citizens/

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