Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is taking a different approach in the effort to prevent future mass shootings.
In addition to gun legislation, Schumer is now proposing legislation that would force Americans to say goodbye to their ability to buy body armor.
FBI Approval Required
The new legislation being proposed by Schumer would require anyone trying to buy body armor to go through a much more thorough check.
This would put this protective armor on par with firearms in regards to background check requirements.
Schumer stated, “With the click of a mouse, scroll of a thumb, dialing of a phone, someone up to no good can get this. What we have learned is that a good number of those intent on mass shootings buy body armor.”
“They want to kill as many people as possible.”
Good or Bad Idea?
Schumer is clearly trying to cash in on the momentum created by the most recent mass shootings. However, the reaction to his legislation has been mixed on social media.
While the new legislation does not apply to law enforcement, many Americans are appalled they would now have to jump through hoops in order to better protect themselves.
Those supporting Schumer are taking the approach that this is but one small step to possibly raise more awareness of someone posing a possible threat to society.
In addition to the FBI needing to approve the sale, there are added penalties on a federal level for anyone committing a violent crime while using this type of armor.
Schumer seems to be mimicking legislation already in place in New York on this front. Currently, anyone caught committing a violent crime while wearing a bulletproof vest or while carrying a firearm is subject to four years in jail in the state of New York.
Schumer characterized this new legislation and stiffer rules on background checks “the most important immediate thing we can do.”