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Recently, four New York Assembly members introduced Bill A352 to the New York Senate floor. This bill seeks to amend and add to New York penal law 270.21. This amendment of penal law 270.21 by Bill A352 would make buying and purchasing of body armor illegal to own in New York State. The only exception to that ruling would be to law enforcement or jobs that require the use of body armor.

Bill A352 gives New York residents a 15-day grace period to turn in their body armor to local law enforcement or face criminal charges if caught. This grace period would go into effect immediately if amended into New York law. If you purchase body armor (online or in person) or found in possession of it you will face criminal charges. It is a Class A misdemeanor on first offense. It’s a Class E felony on following offenses of non-compliance, according to the bill.

Currently, Bill A352 is active. It is in assembly committee on the senate floor. The Bill was introduced and sponsored by assembly members Jacobson, McDonough, Montesano, and Gottfired of New York.

For more information on Bill A352 check out this link to New York State Senate. Also, on this page you are able to voice your support on this bill and get notifications on it’s progress.

Below is the key passage from Bill A352 regarding amending New York Law to make body armor illegal.

Passage From Bill A352

An act to amend the penal law, in relation to the unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 270.21 to read as follows:

270.21 Unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest. A person is guilty of the unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest when he or she knowingly and unlawfully purchases or possesses a body vest, as such term is defined in subdivision two of section 270.20 of this article. This section shall not apply to active law enforcement officers or those whose occupations require the use of body vests as determined by the department of state. Unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest is a class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a class E felony for any subsequent offense.

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