Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently stated he plans to introduce a new bill that would restrict the sale of body armor. Schumer said he plans to introduce the bill when the Senate returns to session in September.
Schumer Bill Targets Body Armor
“The bill would require the FBI to establish standards for who is allowed to buy body armor such as bullet-resistant vests after a series of mass shootings in which the gunmen wore body armor, most recently the suspect in the killing of nine people last weekend in Dayton, Ohio,” reported thehill.com.
The AP further reported the bill would provide exceptions for police and other public safety officials.
“The ease with which those intent on doing evil are able to get advanced body armor is shocking,” Schumer tweeted Sunday afternoon, reported thehill.com. “In addition to the House-passed background checks bill, it’s time to require anyone seeking sophisticated body armor to get sign-off from the FBI.”
But Schumer isn’t ready to stop there. He further stated he would push for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) to allow a House-passed universal background checks measure to go to a full Senate vote, calling it “the most important and immediate thing we can do,” reported thehill.com.
So Kevlar and universal background checks become the most recent shots across the bow from longtime 2nd Amendment enemy Chuck Schumer. Citizens shouldn’t have the right to shield themselves from harm with body armor. Nor should citizens be able to purchase arms without the regulation and control of background checks.
The El Paso and Dayton shootings sparked terror to be sure. However, the shootings also sparked new fervor of gun control legislation talk from anti-gun liberals. An assault weapons ban, magazine restrictions and even pistol braces face renewed public scrutiny. Meanwhile, the White House reportedly listens to both side of the debate.
There is surely more to come. Stay tuned.