Perennial gun control proponent Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has announced he will introduce legislation to require body armor sales in this country to be regulated by the FBI.
Schumer, who has supported all manner of gun control legislation during his time on Capitol Hill as both a House member and member of the Senate, said his bill will be introduced in September when Congress reconvenes, according to the Washington Times.
The man who opened fire recently in Dayton, Ohio was wearing body armor and hearing protection, according to CNN, and the shooter who died at the Gilroy, Calif., Garlic Festival had body armor at his home, authorities discovered.
According to the Washington Times story, Schumer will include exceptions for law enforcement and “other public safety professionals.”
But what about firearms trainers and students, who may also wear body armor? Some competitors may also wear soft body armor, and one
Over the past several days since three shootings—in California, Dayton and El Paso—it was revealed that the White House had spoken with gun rights leaders Alan Gottlieb and Wayne LaPierre, the latter who reportedly spoke personally with President Donald Trump.
Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. LaPierre is CEO at the National Rifle Association, which is embroiled in controversy involving lawsuits and an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office.
This news comes as a fourth member of the NRA Board of Directors has announced her resignation. Champion shooter and author Julie Golob revealed via social media Monday that she is stepping down from the NRA Board, noting in a message, “This was not a decision I made lightly. I apologize to those members who have supported me that I will not be completing the full 3-year term. I also feel this is the best decision for me and my family.”
Earlier, three other NRA directors—Sean Maloney of Ohio, Esther Schneider from Texas and Timothy Knight of Tennessee—stepped down.
Schumer’s new effort is just the latest move by Capitol Hill anti-gunners. Democrats now running to replace Trump in 2020 have offered a variety of gun control schemes including bans on so-called “assault weapons” and “universal background checks.”
Schumer’s body armor scheme is already stirring considerable discussion on social media, where one person commented, “So, let me get this straight. A bunch of people got shot, so this…weasel wants to restrict clothing made to keep people safe from being shot.”
Last week, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed three pieces of gun control legislation, declaring that they violated the constitutional rights of Granite State Gun Owners. In his veto message, Sununu stated, “These three bills would not solve our national issues nor would they prevent evil individuals from doing harm, but they would further restrict the constitutional rights of law abiding New Hampshire citizens.”
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