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Schumer Bill Would Require Civilians Get FBI Permission For Body Armor

August 11, 2019 - 1:03 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer said he's introducing legislation to require the FBI to regulate the sale of body armor in the U.S.

Schumer said Sunday that the legislation would require the bureau to set standards on who would be eligible to purchase bullet-resistant vests and other body armor.

"It is unacceptable that those intent on harm should be able to buy this body armor," Schumer said at his midtown office Sunday. "I'll introduce legislation to require FBI permission before civilians can get sophisticated body armor."

The New York senator says there would be exceptions for law enforcement and other public safety professionals. 

Schumer says he'll introduce the bill after the Senate returns to Washington in September.

The legislation is aimed at trying to curb the sale of body armor, which has been used by assailants in mass shootings. The push comes a week after a gunman wearing body armor killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.

"Now that we've seen that the person in Dayton had body armor and others, we're worried that copycats will do the same," Schumer said.

The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.