New York Bans Most Civilians From Wearing Bulletproof Vests Endangering Law Abiding Citizens in Hopes Criminals Will Obey Laws

The liberally insane Governor of New York Kathy Hochul has banned most state residents from buying bulletproof vests for civilian use with very few exceptions.

The new law which went into effect on July 6, banned all state residents “not engaged or employed in an eligible profession” from purchasing, owning, selfing, exchanging, giving away or personally disposing of body armor.

The “eligible professions” initially only included police officers, peace officers, and people currently serving in the United States Armed Forces or in the New York State Army or Air National Guard.

The law was pushed through by the Democrat run New York State Legislature following the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo in May that killed 10 people. You know, because criminals who do that will certainly obey the law and not wear body armor during a mass shooting. Yes folks, liberals are this stupid.

When the law was initially passed, it only banned “bullet-resistant soft body armor” which could have potentially served as a loophole for civilians who wanted to buy bulletproof vests made with steel, ceramic or polyethylene plates.

Notably however, the loophole does not cover the steel-plated vest the Buffalo human wore during the shooting, which was strong enough to stop a bullet feed from the firearm of one of the grocery stores security guards.

Democratic State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, the lead sponsor of the bill, admitted that they did not know the difference between the different kinds of body armor when they were writing the bill.

“I think the important thing was that we took important steps that lessened the possibility that criminals will be using bulletproof vests in commission of crimes,” he claimed, adding that he is willing to rework the legislation to cover body armor using steel, ceramic or polyethylene plates.

“We wanted to get things done as quickly as possible and not let the perfect get in the way of the good,” argued Jacobson. “Like all laws in New York State, we always try to make them better in the future. Of course, we’ll try to make this law better.”

Hochul’s office also took this position in public statements without admitting any shortcomings regarding understanding the different kinds of body armor.

“Gov. Hochul was proud to sign the groundbreaking new law passed by the legislature to restrict sales of body armor, and will work with the legislature to expand the definitions in the law at the first available opportunity,” her office said.

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New York’s bulletproof vest ban is the first widespread ban on owning body armor. Nationwide, very few states and local jurisdictions even have restrictions on body armor sales. The strictest state and federal laws against owning and wearing body armor are only for violent felons.

The closest comparable law is in Connecticut, which prevented people from buying body armor from anybody except licensed dealers, and they had to make the purchase in person and not online or via mail order. (Related: NYC residents are buying body armor in record numbers as lawless Democrats defund police and protect violent criminals.)

Brad Pedell, the owner of 221B Tactical, a tactical gear and body armor store in New York City, noted how many of his customers want to own body armor to protect themselves against criminals with guns or sharp weapons.

“It’s disappointing because residents are just scared, and they come to us because they are scared, and we offer help that makes them feel more confident, that they won’t get stabbed or injured or potentially killed,” said Pedell. “The fact [lawmakers] are taking that away, for whatever purpose they have in their minds, I find that really sad and unnecessary and morally wrong.”