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Duluth DFL'er Proposes Requiring Permit for Body Armor Use

Posted at: 02/06/2013 6:10 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

A Duluth DFL'er is throwing a new bill into the gun control mix, but it's about protection from guns, rather than guns themselves.

In a bill introduced in the Minnesota House Monday, Rep. Erik Simonson proposes requiring anyone other than law enforcement who buys, possesses or uses body armor without getting the proper permit first is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Body armor, under the bill, means "a personal protective body covering, worn alone or as a compliment to another product or garment that's designed and made of any material or combination of materials to prevent, resist, deflect or deter the penetration of the material by a dangerous weapon."

Minnesota residents who want a permit must apply with the Chief of Police or Sheriff in the city our county where they live, according to the bill. They would also be the one to issue the permit if the applicant "is likely to use body armor in a safe and lawful manner and has reasonable need for the protection provided by body armor."

The bill language says permits would expire five years after the issue date.

The bill is co-authored by Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park. It has been referred to the Committee on Public Safety, Finance and Policy.

To read the bill as it was introduced, visit the Minnesota House of Representatives website.