New York’s Body Armor Ban Doesn’t Ban One Used in Mass Shooting

New York's Body Armor Ban Doesn't Ban One Used in Mass Shooting

New BAN Has a Glaring Problem – How Did They Miss This?

( – In May, an alleged white supremacist murdered 10 people at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Retired Police Lieutenant Aaron Salter, Jr. engaged the shooter, but the suspect, wearing body armor, killed the former officer. In response to the massacre, the state decided to ban protective gear for civilians — but not all of it.

On Monday, June 20, Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed a new bill prohibiting civilians from purchasing bulletproof vests. Legislators claimed Lt. Salter might have been able to stop the shooter had he not been wearing body armor. Spectrum News 1 reported Democratic state Sen. Sean Ryan said as much, alleging the “good guy with the gun” wasn’t able to stop the “bad guy with the gun” because the “bad guy with the gun had body armor on.”

But there’s a problem. The law Hochul signed doesn’t ban people from purchasing the specific body armor the Buffalo shooter wore.

Lawmakers prohibited “bullet-resistant soft body armor,” but the killer was wearing a steel-plated vest, not explicitly covered by the new law. Governor Hochul’s office acknowledged the mistake in a statement to the Associated Press and said officials would work with lawmakers to “expand the definitions” of the legislation as soon as possible. Even though the current version is ineffective, she was “proud” to sign the bill.

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