Schumer bill would require FBI to regulate body armor sales

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – OCTOBER 18: The owner of a military surplus store, outside of Washington, D.C., hangs up a bullet-proof vest in his store October 18, 2002 in Alexandria, Virginia. The owner, who did not want his name or store’s name to be identified, said that he has received a few more calls than normal, but tries to talk most customers out of buying the protective jacket. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat says he’s introducing legislation to require the FBI to regulate the sale of body armor in the U.S.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the legislation would require the bureau to set standards on who would be eligible to purchase bullet-resistant vests and other body armor.

The New York senator says there would be exceptions for law enforcement and other public safety professionals.

Schumer says he’ll introduce the bill after the Senate returns to Washington in September.

The legislation is aimed at trying to curb the sale of body armor, which has been used by assailants in mass shootings. The push comes a week after a gunman wearing body armor killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio.

The FBI didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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