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    A U.S. Congressman has introduced a bill that would ban body armor for non-police officers.

    Rep. Mike Honda (D-California) introduced H.R. 378, The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act, which  prohibits the purchase, sale, or possession of military-grade body armor.

    Honda, who is a strong supporter of gun control has filed two other bills to restrict gun ownership. He says the law would be a benefit to police departments around the country. 

    “This bill allows law enforcement to respond to active shooting situations more effectively. The bill prohibits the purchase, sale, or possession of military-grade body armor by anyone except certain authorized users, such as first-responders and law enforcement,” he said. 

    This new bill would make wearing or owning armor a crime, punishable by a fine or time in jail.

    The Act is a revised copy of a bill that failed to pass last year.   

    While body armors are believed to make it harder for police to take down active shooters, the vests are a necessity for professionals such as private security personnel, journalists, bodyguards, and some clerks and shopkeepers.


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