Allowing civilians to possess military style body armor has no value for self-defense in a civil society. Possession of this type of body armor only has negative impacts.
Congressman Michael Honda (D-CA17) introduced the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act in late July 2014. He believes military body armor that is “designed for warfare” has no place in society. The bill makes exceptions for law enforcement. “There’s nothing more dangerous,” says the Congressman, “than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can do.” He calls the act a “common-sense” one that is “long over due.”
The bill has wide support in Honda’s home congressional district. Among supporters are the district attorneys of Santa Clara and Alameda counties, the Sheriff in each county, and local city police chiefs. Citizen groups are supporting the bill, as well.
Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center said, The “legislation would be an important step forward in reducing the availability of military-style gear that enables shooters to attack innocent civilians and confront law enforcement responders with a level of firepower that has no place on America’s streets.”