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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO CAN BUY BODY ARMOR?

Body armor is largely unregulated and there are few laws regarding its purchase and use. You CANNOT own body armor if you are a convicted felon. Alternatively, if you live in the state of Connecticut, you cannot order body armor online, it must be purchase in person, in a face to face transaction.

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIJ CERTIFIED VS. TESTED PLATES?

So called NIJ certified body armor is a body armor that complies with NIJ Ballistic Resistance Standard, 0101.06 that can be found online on the NIJ website. Certification process itself takes place in a certified laboratory appointed by National Institute of Justice and comprise of (among others) a excessive wear and tear simulation process called “conditioning”. That include being heated up to extreme temperatures, putting into a tumbling machine for a thousands of cycles, submerging in water, eventually simulating being dropped on concrete. Once that is done, body armor is tested against given ballistic threat.

For an armor plate to be successfully NIJ tested, it needs to be able to stop the rounds it is rated for with back face deformation below the NIJ 44mm limit but in ambient conditions. Body armor is test “as is” and is not subject to the abuse conditioning that certified pieces undergo. If you have a successfully tested NIJ plate, it will be able to protect you and you should not worry about quality as long as they were tested in independent certified laboratories.

If you still thinking which one would be best for you, here’s analogy: imagine you’re a Nascar driver and you compete every week on track in the toughest conditions that any vehicle can be exposed at. It’s obvious you will drive a vehicle in race track configuration with ceramic breaks, double clutch, cage frame and all other professional equipment… and that’s NIJ Certified armor in our example. The one that will endure extremely harsh environment.

However, for those who do not race in Nascar but still like to step on the throttle on their way to work there is a variety of road configuration sports cars that do not have cage frame… but they are still fast and drive nicely! And that is our NIJ Tested plate!

So as long as you do not plan invading hot and humid lands for super classified underwater mission but you need an everyday carry body armor, NIJ tested plate will be a very reasonable choice thanks to its quality and reasonable price.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF LEVEL 3A SOFT ARMOR? WHERE CAN I WEAR IT/USE IT?

Level 3A soft armor is the highest level of pistol protection, capable of stopping rounds up to .44 magnum. Level IIIA is what most people need, and what most police officers wear as its lightweight, flexible, and easily concealable. Level 3A armor is also what many ballistic helmets are rated for, and what most concealable vest are rated to.

Level 3A Soft Armor is not a jack of all trades though, unless the armor is upped with anti-stab protection, the user is still vulnerable to slashing and stabbing motions. Additionally, 3A soft armor offers no protection against any sort of rifle rounds, or hyper velocity rounds.

Level IIIa soft armor can be worn anywhere and everywhere unless otherwise stated, especially if it is worn underneath clothing in a concealable configuration.

WHAT ARE SOME PROS AND CONS OF LEVEL 3 HARD ARMOR?

Level 3 Hard Armor is armor that is rated to stop rifle threats up to 7.62×51 NATO (M80 ammunition). The pros of Level 3 armor is that it is capable of stopping most, if not all, common caliber rifle rounds that you would encounter. It is often worn by Police SWAT teams and military soldiers. However, anyone who is not a convicted felon can own one in the United States.

Some Cons of Level 3 Hard Armor is that it is often times heavy, and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Additionally, it is difficult, If not impossible to conceal properly and thus does not allow the wearer to maintain a low profile if that is priority.

WHAT WILL LEVEL 3+ SPECIAL THREAT STOP?

Level 3+ special threat is a stop gap measure developed for those not authorized by the United States Department of Defense to manufacture Level 4 Plates. It is not officially recognized by the National Institute of Justice, but offers superior protection to Level 3. Level 3+ armor is rated to stop M855A1 caliber rounds, which possess armor piercing capability. While it will not stop .30 caliber rounds such as with Level IV, it does offer superior protection to basic level 3 armor. However, it is often heavier as a result.

CAN I BRING BODY ARMOR WITH ME ON A PLANE? WHAT ABOUT OVERSEAS?

Body armor is legal to be worn and brought on airplanes, if you are not a prohibitive person, you should have no issues with carrying body armor on a plane.

Body armor CANNOT be shipped overseas, or brought with you overseas without proper governmental approval due to the fact that it is an export restricted item and falls under EAR and ITAR export control regulations.

WILL YOUR PLATES FLOAT IN WATER?

Hard Armor Plates made entirely of UHMW PE material are neutrally buoyant meaning they will float in water. That does not mean they will substitute as a life jacket though. Plates that are made of PE and ceramic composite will sink because of the ceramic weight.

WHAT ARE CONCEALABLE BULLETPROOF VESTS USED FOR?

Concealable vests are used for discreet and comfortable protection, they are worn underneath clothing.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE NEED A CONCEALABLE VEST AS OPPOSED TO A REGULAR VEST OR PLATE CARRIER?

Body armor can be worn anywhere, but just because that is allowed does not mean it is socially acceptable. Concealable body armor allows the wearer to have protection wherever they go, without the funny looks from strangers.

BUT WHAT IF I WANT TO WEAR IT OVER MY CLOTHES?

That is fine! In fact, an concealable vest that offers full 3A protection such as ours, with a plate carrier and level 4 ICW plates worn at the same time, is probably the best option possible for those who feel they may be entering a “hot” area.

PLATE CARRIERS

Gone are the days when soldiers or police officers had no choice but to wear big, bulky, and heavy bulletproof vests for patrol- either in some distant foreign land or on the beat in some urban or rural area where wearing body armor was a part of your job description and a piece of mission essential tactical gear.  Both soldiers and cops are now able to do their jobs with lighter, compact, and functional body armor thanks to the modern-day plate carrier.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE WHEN LOOKING FOR A PLATE CARRIER VEST TO WEAR?

There are wide selections of plate carriers for sale to choose from available online and from tactical equipment stores.   Companies such as Condor, 5.11, VooDoo, or Eagle mass produce their plate carriers for both military/law enforcement and civilian customers alike.  Each and every plate carrier is universal in form, function, and fit to be able to cater to a very wide array of body types and user requirements- 5.11 tactical offers their Tactic Plate carriers in one universal size able to hold either standard 10×12” or larger 11×14” armor plates.The Condor plate carrier is cut in the modern BALCS/SPEAR profile to fit panels with side protection for ultimate lateral protection.  It is important to note that when looking for plate carriers, to take note of the size it is designed for. Certain companies only make them in size 10×12 or 11×14, in addition to this, sometimes the carriers themselves may be out of spec and unable to fit the plates of another company. however, if you search around, you are bound to find something you are looking for.

TACTICAL VEST PLATE CARRIER OPTIONS AND MODULARITY.

With the options available for body armor wearers of going with concealable, external (overt) bulletproof vests, or tactical vests and plate carriers, people can now choose to wear body armor with all the above qualities.  Tactical Vests originally were designed for entry type operations- with modular placed ammo and equipment pouches- where the officer or soldier required both handgun caliber and rifle round protection- these vests had Level IIIA panels inside the vest, as well as pockets to hold hard armor rifle plates front and back.  A wearer can still choose to just wear the tactical vest with minimal ballistic or with upgraded tactical plate carrier rifle protection- if the wearer had an option when it comes to gear of keeping the vest lightweight or as a fully protected armor plate carrier.

In terms of the companies that are out there for you to search through and choose the gear that would best fit your needs, Marine One Tactical should be at the top of your list. With unparalleled customer service, Marine One Tactical manufacturers a number of different tactical vests, plate carriers, and armor plates at incredibly low prices, without sacrificing on quality. Their products are featured and reviewed by organizations such as the NTOA and NIJ board. Their key plate carrier, the Quad-release, makes use of Italian crafted quick release buckles, that allow the user to quickly to get int out of their vest as the situation calls for it. In addition to this, it also comes with accessories such as ammo pouches and is available in a number of styles such as with MOLLE or laser-cut. All this capability at a price low enough, that it competes with (price wise) much less capable plate carries from rival companies.

IS THIS ARMOR NIJ CERTIFIED?

Yes! Our armor is NIJ certified

IS THIS ARMOR STIFF OR DOES IT HAVE SOME GIVE TO IT?

Our armor has some give so that It can slightly bend with you if you reach over something or are going around obstacles, this is to optimize user comfort.

DO YOU DO CUSTOM ORDERS?

Yes, call us for more information. IIIA custom orders usually have a minimum order quantity and different lead times.

BODY ARMOR LAWS BY STATE


We all have a right to protect ourselves and our families.  As such, we have a legal right to acquire and wear body armor for personal and professional protection. In turn, it is also legal to sell bulletproof vests and other types of body armor to anyone in the US. 

It is the responsibility of the buyer to ascertain whether he is legally able to purchase and use body armor. This responsibility does not fall on the shoulders of the retailer. 

It is perfectly safe and legal for retailers to sell bulletproof vests to the general public. People who purchase bulletproof vests and other types of body armor are upstanding citizens who simply wish to protect themselves, their employees and their families from harm.  

Convicted felons surrender their right to own body armor.  The US has a federal ban on the possession of body armor by convicted felons (18 U.S.C. 931). Felons can only purchase bulletproof vests if their employer requires it and they get written permission to do so. Still, it is the responsibility of the felon to refrain from buying body armor. Only he can be prosecuted if he makes an illegal purchase. Retailers are not liable for what happens to body armor after it is sold. 

This information is current to the best of our knowledge. HOWEVER, THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE NOR SHALL BE INTERPRETED AS LEGAL ADVICE. For legal advice contact a licensed attorney in your state. Contact your local government and/or law enforcement for the most current regulations in your area.

BY STATE (Alphabetical Order)

Alabama

Alabama does not have any additional body armor laws. In Alabama, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Alaska

In Alaska, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Arizona

Like many states, Arizona has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers.

      

Arkansas

In Arkansas, it is a Class A Misdemeanor to possess body armor if you have been convicted of murder, manslaughter, aggravated robbery, assault, or battery. This law does not affect body armor retailers.

In Arkansas, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

California

In California, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

       

Colorado

In Colorado, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Connecticut

Of all the states, Connecticut has the toughest law on body armor, prohibiting residents from buying or selling body armor except through a face-to-face sale. This means that if you choose to sell body armor online, you cannot sell to Connecticut residents.

In Connecticut, it is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, to sell or deliver body armor unless the transferee meets in person with the transferor to accomplish the sale or delivery. The law exempts sales or deliveries to:

1. authorized officials or sworn members of local police departments, the State Police, the Division of Criminal Justice, the Department of Correction, or the Board or Pardons or Parole;

2. authorized municipal or Department of Administrative Services' officials who buy body armor for the above agencies;

3. authorized Judicial Branch officials who buy body armor for probation officers; and

4. members of the National Guard or armed forces (CGS § 53-341b).

      

Delaware

Like many states, Delaware has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers.

       

Florida

Like many states, Florida has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In Florida, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Georgia

Like many states, Georgia has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a violent crime, or while trafficking drugs. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In Georgia, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

       

Hawaii

In Hawaii, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

       

Idaho

In Idaho, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Illinois

Illinois does not have any additional body armor laws pertaining to retailers. In Illinois, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

However, it is illegal to for individuals to wear body armor while in possession of a dangerous weapon, other than a firearm, during the commission or attempted commission of any offense. Unlawful use of body armor is a Class A misdemeanor.

       

Indiana

In Indiana, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

A person who knowingly or intentionally uses body armor while committing a felony commits unlawful use of body armor, a Class D felony (up until July 2014, when a new law takes effect). The new law states that a person who knowingly or intentionally uses body armor while committing a felony commits unlawful use of body armor, a Level 6 felony. Again, this law effects criminals, not retailers.

      

Iowa

In Iowa, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

       

Kansas

In the city of Topeka, Kansas, it is illegal to possess, carry or wear a bulletproof vest during protests, parades, rallies, assemblies and demonstrations. This statute does not affect retailers.

In Kansas, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Kentucky

In Kentucky, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Louisiana

Like many states, Louisiana has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime or on school property. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In Louisiana, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Maine

In Maine, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Maryland

Maryland law mandates that all persons with a prior conviction for a crime of violence, or a drug trafficking crime, are prohibited from using, possessing, or purchasing bulletproof body armor without a permit issued by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police.

A person with a prior conviction for a crime of violence or a drug trafficking crime may file, for good cause shown, a petition with the Secretary for a permit to use, possess, and purchase bulletproof body armor.

      

Massachusetts

Like many states, Massachusetts has a law in place that makes it a felony to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does

In Massachusetts, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

       

Michigan

In Michigan, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.


Michigan Laws Regarding Committing a Crime While Wearing Body Armor:

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), an individual who commits or attempts to commit a crime that involves a violent act or a threat of a violent act against another person while wearing body armor is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years, or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both. A term of imprisonment imposed for violating this section may be served consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed for the crime committed or attempted.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to either of the following:

(a) A peace officer of this state or another state, or of a local unit of government of this state or another state, or of the United States, performing his or her duties as a peace officer while on or off a scheduled work shift as a peace officer.

(b) A security officer performing his or her duties as a security officer while on a scheduled work shift as a security officer.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) “Body armor” means clothing or a device designed or intended to protect an individual's body or a portion of an individual's body from injury caused by a firearm.

(b) “Security officer” means an individual lawfully employed to physically protect another individual or to physically protect the property of another person.

     

Minnesota

In Minnesota, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Mississippi

In Mississippi, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

    

Missouri

In Missouri, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

    

Montana

In Montana, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

    

Nebraska

In Nebraska, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Nevada

In Nevada, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

New Hampshire

New Hampshire has laws in place that make committing a crime while wearing a bulletproof vest a felony, but does not have laws in place that prohibit sales of bulletproof vests by retailers.

650-B:2 Felonious Use of Body Armor. – I. A person is guilty of a class B felony if he commits or attempts to commit any felony while using or wearing body armor.

    

New Jersey

In New Jersey, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

Additionally, in New Jersey, a person can be charged separately for wearing a bullet proof vest while carrying out criminal acts. The practical effect is more jail time and fines. Separate penalties have a wide range depending on the seriousness of the underlying crime.

     

New Mexico

In New Mexico, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

New York

In New York, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

Section 270.20 Unlawful Wearing of a Bullet Proof Vest

A person is guilty of the unlawful wearing of a body vest when acting either alone or with one or more other persons he commits any violent felony offense defined in section 70.02 while possessing a firearm, rifle or shotgun and in the course of and in furtherance of such crime he wears a body vest. The unlawful wearing of a vest is a class E felony.

     

North Carolina

Like many states, North Carolina has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In North Carolina, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

North Dakota

In North Dakota, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Ohio

Ohio does not have any additional body armor laws. In Ohio, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Oklahoma

Like many states, Oklahoma has a law in place that makes it a felony to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In Oklahoma, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Oregon

In Oregon, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania does not have any additional body armor laws. In Pennsylvania, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

    

Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

In 2012, Rhode Island's General Assembly passed a bill that forbids anyone convicted of a felony that is a crime of violence from buying or possessing body armor. This does not affect retailers of bullet proof vests.

     

South Carolina

Like many states, South Carolina has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In South Carolina, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

South Dakota

In South Dakota, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Tennessee

Tennessee has a law in place that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. The unlawful wearing of a vest is a Class E felony. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In Tennessee, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Texas

In Texas, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

    

Utah

In Utah, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

Vermont

Vermont does not have any additional body armor laws. In Vermont, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

    

Virginia

Virginia has one additional body armor law, like many states: Any person who, while committing a crime of violence or a felony violation, has in his possession a firearm or knife and is wearing body armor designed to diminish the effect of the impact of a bullet or projectile, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony. This law does not affect retailers.

In Virginia, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

      

Washington State

In Washington, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

     

West Virginia

In West Virginia, a person who wears or is otherwise equipped with body armor while committing a felony offense, an element of which is force, the threat of force, physical harm to another or the use or presentment of a firearm or other deadly weapon, is guilty of a felony. This does not affect body armor retailers.

In West Virginia, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

       

Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, any adult can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless that adult has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

In Wisconsin, donning a bulletproof vest during a felony or attempted felony can lead to an additional felony conviction, or the adding of extra years to the final prison sentence. Again, this law affects certain individuals who might wear bulletproof vests, but does not affect retailers.

       

Wyoming

In Wyoming, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

          
Where can retailers sell body armor:
1.  You can sell body armor to any person in a face-to-face transaction.  No ID or background check is required and no special record keeping is needed.
2.  You can ship body armor to 49 states.  Sales to customers in Connecticut can only be done via face-to-face transaction.
3.  You can sell body armor via a store, gun show, website, via the phone or catalog.  
          
Where are retailers not allowed to sell body armor: 
1.  You cannot sell body armor to Connecticut via the mail.
2.  You cannot ship, take, bring, or send body armor outside the USA without Federal permission.