Can You Buy a Bulletproof Vest: State law
What does Texas law say about body armor? Essentially, the same thing as federal law.
The purchase, ownership, and possession of body armor generally is legal in Texas. However, Texas Penal Code § 46.041 prohibits the possession of body armor by anyone convicted of a felony (violent or non-violent).
To recap, if you’re a convicted felon, it’s illegal under state law to possess body armor. If you were convicted of a violent felony, it’s illegal to purchase, own, or possess body armor under federal law. If none of the above apply to you, then you are within your rights to possess whatever body armor you so choose.
Why then did our member get arrested? Because the officer didn’t know what you just read! At the end of the day our legal system is set up such that you go to jail for your ignorance of the law, and you go to jail for the officer’s ignorance of the law. As you can see, it’s very hard to stay out of jail.
If you ever have any questions regarding the legality of any weapon or armor, you can contact your independent program attorney for more information. But, what do we know? We're just "practicing." Arm yourself with knowledge!
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