Can a civilian buy body armor?


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Balrog
June 21, 2012, 05:34 PM
Simple question... can a civilian buy body armor legally?
If so, where?

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Skribs
June 21, 2012, 05:35 PM
Yes.
Amazon.com.

kcshooter
June 21, 2012, 05:37 PM
Yes.

Amazon.com.

It's that easy.





EDIT:: NO WAY! Skribs, I know you beat me by a minute, but I'm callin' "JINKS" anyway!

gfanikf
June 21, 2012, 05:40 PM
Just not in Connecticut

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N003k
June 21, 2012, 06:14 PM
My memory might be off, but I think in CT it's illegal to SELL body armor, not buy it. Therefore obtaining it from out of state should be legal...off to google I go to try to confirm...

EDIT: That was easy.

Basically anyone that cant own a gun cant own body armor. And it is illegal to sell or deliver body armor to a person without meeting them in person. Sounds like as long as it ships Adult Signature Required, its all perfectly legal in CT.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/rpt/2009-R-0401.htm

hso
June 21, 2012, 08:31 PM
The better question would be, where isn't it legal to own body armor since I'm not aware of any state you can't own it.

kcshooter
June 21, 2012, 08:44 PM
And really, why would it be illegal?

Wangmuf
June 21, 2012, 09:10 PM
Another question is whether it's legal for a non-LEO to wear in public. I've heard conflicting stories, but since I have no intentions of buying any to wear on a daily basis, I haven't researched it.

gfanikf
June 21, 2012, 09:18 PM
I think there are issues in some states if you're a felon. I recall the ODB got into trouble over this.

kcshooter
June 21, 2012, 09:19 PM
Only laws I've heard are restrictions for ownership by convicted felons, or wearing it while committing a felony.

I don't know if there is any validity to either of these.

gfanikf
June 21, 2012, 09:26 PM
Only laws I've heard are restrictions for ownership by convicted felons, or wearing it while committing a felony.

I don't know if there is any validity to either of these.
Here is the one about the ODB.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-03-11/news/9903110177_1_odb-russell-jones-claims-innocence

sonick808
June 21, 2012, 10:04 PM
www.bulletproofme.com

buy away

snake eater 332
June 21, 2012, 10:17 PM
In CT it is not illegal to sell body armor or for civilians to possess it. The sale/transfer of body armor to civilians must be done face-to-face with the seller/vendor, but a third party, LEO or out of state, can buy it and transfer it to you so long as you obtained it face-to-face. Also civilians may possess body armor so long as they're not convicted felons for charges listed under the CT General Statutes (see the link above). I can't speak for other states, but I'd assume that most states are pretty similar with the exception of a select few.

Hugo
June 21, 2012, 10:41 PM
It greatly varies outside the USA.

Very illegal in Australia thanks to old laws enacted after Ned Kelly and his violent gang.

A lot like Dillinger in that they killed 6 people, wounded more and caused a lot of chaos robbing banks. In their last stand his gang made pretty effective but very heavy armor that slowed them down so much the cops shot them in the unarmored legs. A lot like the North Hollywood shootout. Ned and his gang were hanged.

After that the Australian Govt. was pretty mad and banned it for civilians. A bit of a knee-jerk reaction to me. After all, it didn't work so well in the end for Ned and his gang now did it?

Much like Bonnie and Clyde, Ned Kelly is somewhat mythologized as a "Robin Hood" type figure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly#Bank_robberies


Note: Wikipedia is not a lawyer, and not perfect, but it is a handy guide to start.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_vest#Developments_in_ceramic_armor

WardenWolf
June 22, 2012, 12:21 AM
A lot of the Commonwealth states, along with Britain itself, have the attitude of "If it's abused once, ban it." That's why Australia banned body armor, and Canada banned the Mini-14 specifically. In the latter case, someone did a mass shooting with one. Despite the fact that there's other semi-auto rifles available, Canada specifically banned that rifle.

Body armor is legal here in the US, despite fear-mongerers' claims that "body armor will soon be banned". The people who say that are just trying to scare you into buying their product. Level 2 body armor will protect you from almost all pistol rounds, with the exception of some oddball calibers like 7.62 Tokarev (small-caliber, high-velocity). Even .44 Magnum will be stopped, though it'll still leave a mark. Keep in mind, though, that you have to go up to Level 3 in order to have any protection against rifles.

The-Reaver
June 22, 2012, 03:03 AM
Yes, You just cannot sell it out of the country... oh and if you are wearing it while committing a crime. The sentence is a little bit tougher.

Quiet
June 22, 2012, 03:11 AM
In AZ, CA & NV...
It is legal to own/possess/wear "body armor" as long as:
1. You are a non-prohibited person (not a felon)
2. You are not comitting a crime (don't break the law)

Ryanxia
June 22, 2012, 09:02 AM
I wouldn't wear body armor on a daily basis but I'm proud to live in America where if I want to grocery shop or go out for Chinese food or sit around my house and drink beer I can do it in the comfort and peace of mind of my body armor strapped on :D

And I think that's stupid that felons can't own body armor, how is that going to hurt anyone? They probably need it more than us if they ratted on someone in prison to get out early :)

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