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In the State of New Jersey, It is Illegal for Criminals to Wear Bulletproof Vests While Committing a Crime.

A bulletproof vest, also known as a ballistic or bullet-resistant vest, is a type of body armor that helps absorb impact and reduces or eliminates penetration to the torso from firearm-fired projectiles and explosion fragmentation. But did you know criminals cannot use bulletproof vests in New Jersey?

It is illegal in New Jersey for criminals to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a crime.

Bulletproof Vest Laws in the United States

Everyone has the right to protect themselves and their families. As a result, we have a legal right to obtain and wear body armor for personal and professional protection. As a result, it is legal to sell bulletproof vests and other types of body armor to anyone in the United States.

It is the buyer’s responsibility to determine whether or not they are legally permitted to purchase and use body armor. This responsibility does not fall on the retailer’s shoulders.

Selling bulletproof vests to the general public is completely safe and legal. People who buy bulletproof vests and other body armor are good people who want to protect themselves, their employees, and their families.

Convicted criminals give up their right to own body armor. In the United States, convicted felons are not permitted to possess body armor according to 18 U.S.C. 931. Felons can purchase bulletproof vests only if their employer requires it and they have written permission. However, it is the felon’s responsibility to refrain from buying body armor. If he makes an illegal purchase, he is the only one who can be prosecuted. Body armor retailers are not liable for what happens after it is sold.  (Source: Bullet Safe

What is the Lifespan of Bulletproof Vests? 

Most bulletproof vests have a 5-year lifespan. This is due to National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards, which require vests to last at least five years. When a bulletproof vest is worn every day or on the weekends, it loses its durability faster than when it is not worn.

Look for scratches on the bulletproof panels, moisture, and if the panel’s sealing has been compromised. If one maintains his vest properly, he should have no problems in a 5-year lifespan.  (Source: Bullet Safe

Bulletproof versus Moisture

It is always recommended that you remove your bulletproof inserts from your bulletproof vest after a long day or night. This is partly to protect the bulletproof inserts but also to see if the bulletproof inserts have been damaged and to avoid moisture. There is no need to expose your ballistic vest to moisture, whether it is made of Kevlar, Dyneema, Twaron, or any other ballistic material.

Remember to wash the carrier and ballistic inserts separately, and NEVER wash the bulletproof inserts in the machine. Ironing the inserts will burn or melt the bulletproof fibers inside the vest. Please use a damp cloth to clean and maintain the inserts.

Water behaves similarly to moisture and sweat. Water can cause damage to a bulletproof vest and, in the end, will destroy it. (Source: Bullet Safe

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