New York Legislation Would Ban Sales Of Civilian Body Armor


On social media sites like Reddit, some users claim that New York lawmakers want to ban the sale of body armor. This is true for civilians.

On May 14, 18-year-old Payton Gendron allegedly burst into a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, and fired into the crowd of shoppers with an AR-15 assault rifle. Ten people between the ages of 32 and 86 were killed in the attack.

Gendron has been charged with carrying out the attack and is due in court on June 2 for a 25 count indictment this includes charges of murder and hate-motivated domestic terrorism.

Gendron was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting and, according to data from The Violence Project, at least 21 mass shooters over the past four decades have worn some sort of body armor — and the majority of them have been in the past 10 years. The Violence Project is a nonpartisan research group that tracks gun violence.

On May 24, New York lawmakers introduced a bill that some social media users on Reddit say would ban bulletproof vests. A message says: “So in their quest for stricter gun regulations, New York City police are now banning the sale/purchase of body armor? Did I miss something?”

THE QUESTION

Would a New York bill prohibit civilians from buying or selling body armor?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

Yes, the bill would prohibit civilians from buying or selling body armor. People who can buy or sell armor should be employed in a profession that requires body armor for safety.

WHAT WE FOUND

New York Senate Bill S9407B says “a person is guilty of the illegal purchase of a bulletproof vest [or body armor]when not engaged or employed in a qualifying occupation. »

No person, business or corporation could sell or deliver life jackets to anyone who does not practice an eligible profession under the proposed legislation. The bill would also require the sale of a life jacket to be done in person.

Eligible occupations include police officers, peace officers, persons on New York State military service or other United States military service, and any other occupation deemed authorized by the responsible department. Several state departments would set the criteria for eligible occupations.

“These occupations include those in which the duties may expose the individual to serious physical injury which can be prevented or mitigated by the wearing of body armor,” the bill states.

If someone outside of these categories buys or sells body armor, they could be charged with a Class A felony for the first offense and a Class E felony for any subsequent offense.

In New York, a class A misdemeanor may face a maximum sentence of one year in prison or three years probation. In addition, the person could be fined up to $1,000.

A nonviolent class E felony in New York can be sentenced to one and one-third to four years probation. The crime could also result in a prison sentence if the offender has a prior criminal record.

If an ineligible person sells the life jacket, they will also be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 for the first violation and up to $10,000 for any subsequent violation.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Brian Kavanagh. On June 2, the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 55 to 8.

To become law, the bill would have to pass through the New York State Assembly. If passed by the Assembly, it will be given to the governor who has the power to sign the bill or veto it.

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