Jacobson proposes ban on bullet-proof vests for civilians

Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson has introduced two bills in response to the recent mass shooting in Dayton that would forbid anyone other than a law enforcement officer from owning a bullet-proof vest and make it a separate crime for a civilian to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing any other offense.

“Unless you are actively working in law enforcement or in a handful of occupations, there is no legitimate reason to purchase or own a bullet-proof vest,” Jacobson, a City of Newburgh Democrat, said in a statment. “Bullet-proof vests are necessary to protect those whose professions put them at risk of injury. Otherwise, bullet-proof vests are used by those hoping to protect themselves while committing crimes.”

The second bill broadens the category of offenses in state law during which wearing a bullet-proof vest constitutes an additional crime. That charge currently applies only to violent crimes in which the suspect has a firearm. Under Jacobson’s bill, a person convicted of any misdemeanor or felony while wearing a bullet-proof vest would serve a second prison sentence for the vest in addition to the sentence for the underlying charge.

Connor Betts, the Dayton shooter, was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he sprayed gunfire that killed nine people – including his sister – and injured 27 in Dayton’s nightlife district on Aug 4. Despite his vest, police officers killed Betts in a hail of bullets just 30 seconds into his shooting spree. Betts was firing a legally purchased AR-15 pistol with a 100-round, dual-drum magazine.

Jacobson introduced his bills on Aug. 23. They can’t be taken up until lawmakers return to Albany for their next six-month session in January.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Categories

  • Archives