IS IT ILLEGAL FOR A EX-FELON TO WEAR A BULLET PROOF VEST?

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IS IT ILLEGAL FOR A EX-FELON TO WEAR A BULLET PROOF VEST?

I HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF 2 FELONIES AND I DO MUSIC. AND I WAS WONDRING WOULD I EVER GO TO STATE PRISON OR FEDERAL PRISON FOR BEING IN POSSESION OF ONE.

Asked on October 6, 2010 under Criminal Law, Nevada

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is really best for you to ask a criminal defense attorney in your state or perhaps a probation officer this question.  But generally speaking - meaning in other states that I am aware of - it is illegal for convicted felons to purchase or wear "body armour" which is what a bullet proof vest is considered.  California is an example here for those convicted of violent felonies. Some states may allow you to petition the court for the ability to wear it.  You will have to prove a "reasonable need" to wear the vest, like for instance if you have taken a job as a body guard.  If, however, you do not have permission and are found wearing it you can be convicted of an additional felony.  So be careful here.  


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