Can a convicted felon own body armor?
Limits for Felons. The familiar bullet proof vest is considered under federal law to be a type of body armor. Under federal law, anyone convicted of a violent felony cannot legally own body armor. For any other crime, a felon is allowed by law to purchase or own body armor.
Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face. However, it is illegal to for individuals to wear body armor while in possession of a dangerous weapon, other than a firearm, during the commission or attempted commission of any offense.
- Body Armor Law in Washington State. In Washington, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.
- Like many states, Florida has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers. In Florida, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony.
- Some body armors are made to be stab (edged blade) and/or spike resistant, and other body armor that is made to be bullet proof. If a vest features stab protection, it will not necessarily be bullet proof. Equally, a bullet proof vest may offer no protection to bladed weapons.
Updated: 2nd October 2019