On August 11th, Chuck Schumer suggested that civilians should have to seek FBI approval to purchase body armor. This comes on the heels of the Dayton, Ohio shooting – a shooting which saw the assailant wearing body armor.
According to the New York Post:
Schumer said anyone can now buy a bulletproof vest for $185 and a tactical mask for $10 under current law, Schumer said at a press conference at his Midtown office.
“With the click of a mouse, scroll of a thumb, dialing of a phone, someone up to no good can get this,” he said. “What we have learned is that a good number of those intent on mass shootings buy body armor,” the Senate minority leader said. “They want to kill as many people as possible.”
Currently, body armor is legal in all 50 states to everyone except convicted criminals. They can be purchase online or in person everywhere except Connecticut, where it must be made in person. Given the current trends we see in America and the potential for body armor to be a sacrificial lamb a la bump stocks, I highly recommend that you pick up a set of plates and a plate carrier. Already, manufacturers are seeing an increased demand for their products. I highly recommend that you pick up a set of armor just in case the Republicans in the Senate get weak backbones and sign on to some type of ban or restrictions.