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New ‘Responsible Body Armor Possession Act’ Legislation Coming?

At the end of last week I pointed out the new “Assault Weapons Ban of 2017” legislation that was introduced in the U.S. Senate on November 8.

Not really surprising considering the recent mass shootings in Nevada and Texas.

Another proposed ban that wouldn’t be shocking is a new “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act” bill, “justified” via initial reports of the Nevada and Texas shooters both possibly possessing ballistic protection at each crime scene. The Associated Press reported back on October 9:

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says the shooter at a Las Vegas concert who killed 58 people fired at fuel tanks near the Mandalay Bay Hotel from which he was shooting.

Lombardo also says Stephen Paddock had personal protection equipment in his room.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

And from Doug Poppa over on The Los Angeles Post-Examiner website on November 9:

Stephen Willeford was at home less than a block away from the First Baptist Church when his daughter ran in telling him that there was gunfire coming from the church.

Willeford immediately went to his gun safe, removed his AR-15 rifle, a box of ammunition and an unloaded magazine and ran out of the house barefooted, loading up the magazine with several rounds as he headed for the church.

When he approached the church, he said he saw Kelley, who was wearing a tactical helmet with a visor and ballistic armor, heading to his truck with a handgun in his hand.

Kelley opened fire on Willeford who was using a neighbor’s truck as cover.

Willeford, who is an NRA certified firearms instructor said he knew when he saw Kelley’s ballistic armor that he had to aim for Kelley’s side which was exposed between the Velcro straps that pulled the front and back of the ballistic armor together.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

While Paddock’s “personal protection equipment” may not turn out to be body armor (not sure if the American public will ever be privy to that information), taking into Stephen Willeford’s shooting background, it does sound like Devin Kelley could have been wearing a bullet-resistant vest/plate carrier (if what The Los Angeles Post-Examiner reported is true). Even if it turns out neither individual had body armor, the potential remains for a new ban being proposed. Consider the following from the Loadout Room website concerning the push for the original Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014:

In support of this bill, it has been claimed the mass killers who carried out the shootings in Newtown and Aurora were wearing body armor during their crimes. Initial press reports falsely described the shooters wearing body armor. One was wearing a ‘fishing vest’ and the other a mall ninja type load bearing vest. Neither killer had any type of ballistic protection.

Should new legislation seeking to ban “enhanced” body armor be introduced, I can’t say for sure what kind of reception it will get in Congress. The same goes for the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2017” (especially after what just happened in California).

Survival And Prosperity will be watching, however.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“Las Vegas sheriff: Shooter fired at nearby fuel tanks.” Associated Press. 9 Oct. 2017. (http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Las-Vegas-sheriff-Shooter-filed-at-nearby-fuel-tanks-450144573.html). 14 Nov. 2017

Poppa, Doug. “Three heroes emerge amidst the tragedy in Texas.” The Los Angeles Post-Examiner. 9 Nov. 2017. (http://lapostexaminer.com/three-heroes-emerge-amidst-tragedy-texas/2017/11/09). 14 Nov. 2017.

Miller, Mark. “My Body Armor, My Choice: Member of Congress Introduces a Bill to Ban Body Armor for Civilians.” Loadout Room. 9 Sep. 2017. (https://loadoutroom.com/thearmsguide/body-armor-choice-california-congressman-introduces-bill-ban-body-armor-civilians/). 15 Nov. 2017.

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Bullet-Resistant Backpack Inserts Make The News

Bullet-resistant backpack inserts are in the headlines these days after the Texas church shooting. Alex Harris reported on the Miami Herald website Friday:

In the arsenal of school-sponsored security measures, metal detectors, ID checks and security cameras are practically second nature. A bullet resistant backpack insert? Not so much.

At Florida Christian School, a private, nondenominational Miami-Dade school serving students from preschool to high school, that could be changing. The school has started offering parents the opportunity to buy a $120 piece of ballistic armor to turn students’ backpacks into potential lifesavers

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For readers not familiar with these bullet-resistant ballistic shields…


“Test: BulletSafe panel for children’s backpacks”
YouTube Video

That’s Chris Cheng (History Channel’s Top Shot season 4 champ) thoroughly testing out BulletSafe’s Bulletproof Backpack Panel.

Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity probably recognize the BulletSafe name as they’ve been an affiliate marketing partner of the blog for a few years now. In fact, when I first introduced the Troy, Michigan-based company back in November 2014, I mentioned this particular ballistic insert (and hilarious accompanying product video).

And since that time, BulletSafe has increased the size of the Bulletproof Backpack Panel from 10 inches by 12 inches to 10 inches by 14 inches while keeping the price the same (still only $99). From their website:

This bulletproof backpack panel makes any backpack or bag into a bulletproof backpack. It uses the same ballistic materials as our bulletproof vest. Place it inside a backpack, briefcase, bug-out bag or even a purse. It provides NIJ level IIIA protection, which means it will stop almost all handgun rounds including a .44 Magnum.

The panel is 10 inches by 14 inches and weighs just 24 ounces (1.5 lbs).

Our panel is enclosed in a washable, 600 denier polyester carrier. This carrier provides a tough outer shell so that you don’t have to worry about carrying other items in your backpack. The BulletSafe bulletproof backpack panel is rugged enough for everyday use.

Originally, the BulletSafe Bulletproof Backpack Panel was designed by our company President for his children’s backpacks. Our company then launched a successful Indiegogo campaign and the public responded. People wanted the opportunity to buy a bulletproof panel at a reasonable price and our panel offered additional features (washability, durability) that help it survive in a kid’s backpack…

Since the success of that campaign, our panel is now available to everyone. Like our vest, the BulletSafe Backpack Panel is priced so that anyone can afford ballistic protection.

That new, larger 10″ X 14″ size of the panel is almost a perfect fit for the laptop storage area within my messenger bag I’m constantly hauling around. And did I mention my “man bag” can be manipulated and positioned lengthwise over my chest? Hmm. Further investigation into this Bulletproof Backpack Panel might be necessary.

BulletSafe has rolled out other products since the backpack/bag insert. One item in particular caught my attention for the protection it may afford the individual/others in different scenarios, but I’ll save that discussion for another time.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the Bulletproof Backpack Panel and the company’s other offerings on the BulletSafe website. Upon visiting, a pop-up announces how to receive free shipping (at the time I type this).

Please note I receive a commission on every item purchased via the above link.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Harris, Alex. “It weighs less than a book and can stop a bullet. It’s a backpack option at Miami school.” Miami Herald. 3 Nov. 2017. (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article182405026.html). 8 Nov. 2017.

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BulletSafe Introduces $99 Bulletproof Baseball Cap Via Kickstarter

Back in November 2014 I introduced new affiliate marketing partner BulletSafe. The Troy, Michigan-based distributor of bulletproof products is widely-known for their $299 NIJ Level IIIA BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest. However, these days all the talk is about the BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap. From their website:

BulletSafe Launches Their New Bulletproof Baseball Cap Via Kickstarter

BulletSafe, the company that last year introduced a $299 Level IIIA bulletproof vest is now introducing a bulletproof baseball cap. The cap, which offers frontal protection, isn’t meant to replace a SWAT-style helmet, but is instead meant to be worn all of the time and to project a more approachable image.

“This cap gives increased protection without intimidation. It’s a discreet way for officers to be a little bit safer and aligns with community policing practices,” said Tom Nardone of BulletSafe.

Will officers like the hat? Will they wear it? Will departments buy them? Do regular people want them? These are all questions that will affect the future of this product. The hats are comfortable, discreet, professional, and inexpensive. They are comfortable because the hard ballistic panel rests upon the wearer’s forehand and weighs about 7 ounces. They are discreet, with no real difference between the look of the bulletproof hat and a premium fitted baseball cap. They are also reasonably priced. The retail price will be just $129 or about 1/3 the price of a SWAT helmet.

To find out if the BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap will be successful, BulletSafe is launching the project via Kickstarter.com, a crowd funding site. Kickstarter allows people to pre-order a new product at a discount while helping get the product off the ground. In exchange for buying the BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap on Kickstarter, backers get a special price of $99.

BulletSafe recently completed prototype tests and they are targeting NIJ Level IIA protection for the cap. The project launch has gone well, after just two days, the project is beyond 50% of its pre-order goal.

The company will also be showing the bulletproof baseball cap at SHOT Show booth #616 and other trade shows. The Kickstarter project is currently live and is offering the special pre-order price until January 26th…


“The BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap Kickstarter Video”
YouTube Video

The Kickstarter campaign ends in 11 days, but it already has 143 backers who have pledged $9,924 of the $3,500 goal. Congratulations to BulletSafe on this accomplishment.

That being said, they’re still offering the bulletproof baseball cap for the special pre-order price of $99 (“$30 less than the expected $129 future price”) until January 26.

For more information about the BulletSafe Kickstarter project (and obtaining a bulletproof cap), visit the campaign page here.

Interested in other bulletproof products from the company? Click on the banner ad below, where you’ll be taken to the BulletSafe website. Please note that I receive a commission from any products purchased.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 Gear, Preparedness, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense No Comments

Advertiser Spotlight: BulletSafe

“Body armor is not something a lot of people think of. Even people that carry guns, most of them don’t own or consider they need body armor…

But as violence gets worse, as the possibility of a gunfight gets closer and you hear about neighbors, people you know getting shot, you have a much better picture…

Just like your firearm or your fire extinguisher, body armor is the kind of ‘insurance’ you need to buy before you need it.”

-Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre, in a Surviving In Argentina blog post from October 28, 2008

When I think of quality body armor that’s available to the public, BulletSafe comes to mind. From the Troy, Michigan-based company’s website:

BulletSafe.com offers a great bulletproof vest at an unbelievable price.

BulletSafe.com was launched by the team at PriveCo Inc. and Tom Nardone, PriveCo’s CEO. Tom is a former military equipment Test Engineer with extensive experience testing the ballistics capabilities of mechanical components.

Mr. Nardone is taking the challenge of delivering great ballistics protection gear at an affordable price. He ensures that the products we sell are safe, meet the test standards, and are offered at a great price.

The flagship product of BulletSafe is a high-quality-yet-affordable bullet-resistant vest. From their website:

BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests – BulletSafe makes a great bulletproof vest at an unbelievable price. You can buy our vest right here. It offers NIJ Level IIIA protection for just $299. It’s a great vest too, with a large coverage area, plate pockets for ballistic plates, 6 sizes to fit almost everyone, and high-quality materials. Did we mention the unbelievable price? Just $299. Bulletsafe bulletproof vests are the first great, affordable bulletproof vests.

How do we make a great bullet resistant vest for such a low price? Simple, first we decided that we wanted to offer the best bulletproof vest for the price, anywhere. Then we designed the vest. We didn’t need to sacrifice protection or quality, we just had to limit the options available. Our vest is available in one style, six sizes, and you can order any color you want, as long as that color is black (Just like Henry Ford’s Model T). Our vest will meet the needs of lots of people, and our price is attractive to everyone.


“TheGunWriter.com Review: BulletSafe bulletproof vest”
YouTube Video

In addition to BulletSafe ballistic plates ($169 as I type this) that offer Level IV protection when used in conjunction with BulletSafe vests, there’s also the recently-introduced BulletSafe Bulletproof Backpack Panel. From the website:

This bulletproof backpack panel uses the same ballistic materials as our bulletproof vest. It can be used inside a backpack, briefcase, bug-out bag or even a purse. It provides NIJ level IIIA protection, which means it will stop almost all handgun rounds including a .44 Magnum.

The panel is 10 inches by 12 inches and weighs just 20 ounces (1.25 lbs).

Our panel is enclosed in a washable, 600 denier polyester carrier. This carrier provides a tough outer shell so that you don’t have to worry about carrying other items in your backpack. The BulletSafe bulletproof backpack panel is rugged enough for everyday use.

Originally, the BulletSafe Bulletproof Backpack Panel was designed by our company President for his children’s backpacks. Our company then launched a successful Indiegogo campaign and the public responded. People wanted the opportunity to buy a bulletproof panel at a reasonable price and our panel offered additional features (washability, durability) that help it survive in a kid’s backpack.


“The BulletSafe Bulletproof Backpack Panel”
(Warning: Hilarious kids)
YouTube Video

Your price for the backpack panel? Only $99 as I type this.

Did I mention BulletSafe offers free shipping at the present time for vests, ballistic plates, and backpacks with the free shipping code “safe”?

In addition, right now, receive a free gift (looks like a paracord bracelet on the website) with your BulletSafe order.

Click on the banner ad below and see what BulletSafe can do for you. Please note that by clicking on the ad and purchasing a product, I receive a commission from the sale.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Riot-Inspired Purchases During The Ferguson And 2011 England Unrest

It’s interesting- at least, for me- to see what sort of gear, supplies, and tools are being acquired while the protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, for another night. Yesterday, Kerry Picket reported on Breitbart.com:

The use of tear gas by Missouri law enforcement has caused a run on gas masks in the St. Louis area. Local residents, reporters, and video production crews are making last minute calls to places like Uncle Sam’s military surplus only to find out that gas masks, gas mask filters, and bullet proof vests are all sold out

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Picket added later in the piece that ear plugs, “bullet proof chest plates” for vests, and tactical vests are in demand as well.

The civil unrest looks to be spurring sales of certain personal safety products on Amazon.com as well. Charlie Spiering reported on the Breitbart website this morning:

As protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, gas mask sales are skyrocketing at Amazon.com. Sales of the online retailer’s most popular gas mask model have risen 434 percent in the past 24 hours…

Another popular gas mask sold on Amazon, the Israeli Civilian Gas Mask, has rocketed up the sales charts by 250 percent…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

As I type this, that “most popular gas mask model”- the NBC 40mm NATO SGE 400/3 Anti-Riot Military Gas Mask Made In The USA– is running low (only 16 units left in stock), while sales are still up 63 percent over the past 24 hours.

As for the other popular gas mask- the Israeli Civilian Gas Mask with NBC NATO Filter and Drinking Hydration Tube– that’s also still up 58 percent.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Civilian Gas Mask w/ Nato Filter (no drinking hydration tube) has jumped ahead of the other two, racking up a 128 percent increase in sales over the past day last time I looked.

Compare all this to what the English were buying during their 2011 bout with civil strife. I blogged back on August 12, 2011:

Apparently, pots, pans, and rubber hoses just aren’t cutting it for some Brits on the front lines of the rioting and looting. Reuters’ Rosalba O’Brien reported yesterday:

Sales of baseball bats and batons have shot up more than 5,000 percent in the last 24 hours on Amazon’s British website, as London suffered its worst violent unrest in decades.

Seven of the top 10 ‘movers and shakers’ in Amazon’s sports and leisure list were baseball bats of various kinds, their sales since Monday rising between 1,756 percent and 5,149 percent.

A “military police telescopic baton”, described by the manufacturer as useful for “effective self-defence with extra reach”, was the 110th best selling item among Amazon’s sports and leisure customers, up from a ranking of 5,622 just 24 hours ago. Actual sale number of the items are not given.

A look at the Amazon UK site right now shows that the top “mover and shaker” in the “Sports & Leisure” category is a folding shovel by Gelert. This forged steel shovel has a serrated edge for sawing- or for seriously ruining the day of some threatening rioter/looter.

In the past twenty-four hours, the sales rank of this folding shovel has skyrocketed 283,300 percent from 2,834 to number one in the sports and leisure category.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

283,300 percent? While this Gelert folding shovel is still available on the Amazon UK site, I couldn’t find it on the U.S. counterpart. The closest folding shovel I saw on our Amazon looked to be the Wenzel Tri-Fold Shovel– although Amazon customers are raving about the similar-in-function US Military Original Issue E-Tool Entrenching Shovel.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Picket, Kerry. “Run On Gas Masks In Ferguson.” Breitbart.com. 18 Aug.2014. (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/18/Run-On-Gas-Masks-In-Ferguson). 19 Aug. 2014.

Spiering, Charlie. “Popular Gas Mask Sales Up 434 Percent On Amazon.” Breitbart.com. 19 Aug. 2014. (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/19/Popular-Gas-Mask-Sales-Up-434-Percent-On-Amazon). 19 Aug. 2014.

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Proposed National ‘Enhanced’ Body Armor Ban Details

Speaking of body armor tonight, have you heard of the federal legislation that’s been proposed by a California Democratic Congressman to ban Americans not in the military or law enforcement from selling, purchasing, using, and possessing such personal protective gear? From the website of U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA, 17th District):

Responsible Body Armor Possession Act Keeps Military Armor out of the Wrong Hands

Congressman Honda’s act bans the sale and possession of new enhanced body armor

Jul 31, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC- Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) today introduced the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014, which allows law enforcement to respond to active shooters more effectively. It accomplishes this by prohibiting the sale, purchase, use, or possession of enhanced military-grade body armor by anyone who is not a member of law enforcement, active duty military, or other authorized users.

“There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” Congressman Honda said. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can do. This bill is common-sense and long overdue.”

The U.S. News & World Report website highlighted the finer points of the proposed “enhanced” body armor ban. Steven Nelson reported August 8:

Honda’s “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,” introduced July 31, would prohibit civilians from buying or owning armor – including vests, shields, helmets and other items – rated Type III or higher on the National Institute of Justice’s penetration resistance scale…

Weaker armor rated Type I or Type II would remain available to the public if the legislation becomes law. However, many bullet-resistant items on the market now, such as bulletproof backpacks for school children, are rated Type III and would therefore be banned.

The ban would not apply to body armor already in private hands, but Honda says law enforcement might want to encourage people to turn in the items anyhow. “If there are records of sales [law enforcement] could track those down,” he says…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I’m not so sure this bill has got much mileage.

While those who support it may think doing so will create or enhance a “tough on crime” image, constituents may instead interpret this proposed ban as what some are claiming is yet another attempt by those in Washington to reduce the American citizenry into unarmed, now unprotected sheep ready to be led to the slaughterhouse if it comes to that.

“Oh, behaaave!”

Anyway, below is a copy of the legislation:

Body Armor Ban Bill


H.R.5344, Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014
Scribd File

You can track the progress of the proposed “enhanced” body armor ban legislation over on Congress.gov here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Nelson, Steven. “Congressman Guns for High-Performance Body Armor Ban.” U.S. News & World Report. 8 Aug. 2014. (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/08/08/congressman-guns-for-high-performance-body-armor-ban). 12 Aug. 2014.

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Northern Illinois Bank Robberies Up 35 Percent

Just got done watching the WGN evening news in Chicago a short time ago. One of the segments focused on the alarming number of bank robberies taking place in the Chicagoland area.

According to WGN, bank robberies in northern Illinois are up 35 percent.

101 heists have taken place so far this year.

122 bank robberies were committed in all of 2013.

Just yesterday, a teller was shot at one of these incidents out in suburban Bolingbrook.

Here’s hoping it doesn’t get to the point where I need to don body armor whenever I head out to conduct a financial transaction (this already occurs in some countries, from what I understand).

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 Banking, Crime, Gear, Main Street, Self-Defense No Comments
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