can civilians buy bulletproof vests

Can Civilians Buy Bulletproof Vests?

Our worst fear here at Bullet Tactical is needing a potential piece of lifesaving equipment, and not having it. There are many different tactical items that fits this scenario, but one of the most important is the bulletproof vest, or body armor.

Many people do not understand body armor laws, and are told it is not legal for them to purchase body armor or other types of equipment. They are told it is just for the military and these are “dangerous” items that civilians should not own.

This could not be farther from the truth and all that does is put law-abiding citizens potentially in danger while bad guys have all this gear anyway.

What is Considered Body Armor?

First, some background as to what is defined as body armor, which includes bulletproof vests:

The term “body armor” means any product sold or offered for sale, in interstate or foreign commerce, as personal protective body covering intended to protect against gunfire, regardless of whether the product is to be worn alone or is sold as a complement to another product or garment.

Practically, a bulletproof vest is used a defense mechanism to protect the wearer against firearms, shrapnel, and other projectiles.

Can the Average Civilian or Citizen of the United States Buy Body Armor?

Unfortunately, this is a common misconception, so I am happy to shed some light on the topic and hopefully more United States Citizens come to realize what is within their rights.

The United States is a country that valued individual freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happens. This includes the opportunity to protect oneself and their loved ones.

Thankfully, the answer is yes, it is completely legal in all 50 states for a law abiding citizen to purchase body armor.  They key word here is law abiding citizen.

Can everyone Buy Them or Are There Restrictions?

No, not 100% of the population can legally buy body armor. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony are not allowed to buy one, unless, they are doing so as an employee who needs it to perform a lawful business activity. In this case they will still need written permission from the employer.

Certain states might have different restrictions. I have seen that Connecticut cannot have it shipped to their homes. Here in Florida, there are no such restrictions on buying body armor.

Additionally, most states impose a greater penalty on individuals who commit a crime while wearing body armor.

Regardless, I recommend you confirm on your own and google your specific state laws.

Can Civilians Buy Bulletproof Vests

Are there Restrictions on Armor Type or Material?

No, there are no restrictions on the type. However, military grade and professional armor equipment is likely not easy to find and prohibitively expensive.

On that note, what are the different kinds of body armor material?

A deep dive on body armor is beyond the scope of todays article but I will provide a quick synopsis below.

Body armor is rated by threat level from level 1 all the way to level 4. Specifically the levels are 1, 2A 3A, 3, and 4.

Levels 1-3A are soft armor, and 3 and above are going to be hard armors. I have included a handy chart above taken from here.

When selecting body armor, you need to think about what type of threats you might be facing. Majority of civilians will not be facing and rifle threat, so soft armor should likely be sufficient. While its possible, statistically in the United States it is unlikely.

Additionally, the higher the protection level the more cumbersome, heavy, and uncomfortable the armor is going to be. Heavy armor will definitely wear you out over long periods of time.

Body armor is a key component of a well prepared, tactical ready civilian in today’s society. I am glad as citizens of the United States we are allowed to buy bulletproof vests and I hope you learned something useful today.

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