Examining Body Armor Law After Dayton Shootings

With recent shootings, questions arise about body armor issuance and documentation. Should body armor be available to anyone? And how can documentation help to keep body armor possession controlled? Recent events, like the Dayton, Ohio shooting, highlight the importance of certificates of disposal for body armor. In light of recent events, let’s take a closer look at current body armor policy, body armor documentation, and proper disposal and recycling techniques.

Current Body Armor Legality

At the moment, body armor can be issued to civilians in the U.S., though it cannot legally be possessed by felons who have been convicted of a violent crime, under federal law. Beyond that, states often have tighter laws, further restricting body armor ownership for felons and other convicted criminals.

These restrictions are in place with the aim to prevent convicted criminals from getting body armor, which may provide them with protection in an act of terrorism (again, like the Dayton shooting). While these laws certainly aren’t foolproof — and one can argue that they don’t do much to deter criminals from obtaining armor, should they seek it out — it’s one step to control armor purchases which may otherwise be abused.

That said, used body armor can still fall into the wrong hands — which begs the question: Where does used body armor go? And how can we ensure that body armor doesn’t end up in the wrong hands?

Where Does Used Body Armor Go?

Nowadays, most used body armor can be recycled. Plus, all body armor can be disposed of responsibly, so that it doesn’t fall into the hands of an unknown individual. Here at Fiber Brokers International, we specialize in recycling and disposal of body armor, so that you can rest assured your armor is recycled or destroyed — none of the armor that we receive is reutilized as body armor. Instead, we recycle what we can, and return it to the market in the form of non-ballistic related post-consumer products such as gloves, brake pads, boat ropes, tire treads, etc.

Best of all, we provide a certificate of destruction, so that you’ll have proof your armor is no longer in circulation. Now, why does used body armor need to be destroyed in the first place?

Body Armor Lifetime

All body armor has a life expectancy, and soft body armors tend to lose their protective value after a few years of use. That number can be fewer than ten years, and even fewer than that if the armor is worn in a humid environment, or, of course, if a weapon is discharged into the armor. Once armor is no longer fully protective, it’s rather worthless, and should be disposed of properly.

Documented Body Armor Disposal and Recycling

Here at Fiber Brokers, we aim to ensure that all body armor we receive never ends up in the wrong hands, and it is put to good use once again if it may be recycled. We buy, sell, and trade several materials, such as ballistic soft armor, nylon, PC, PC/ABS, PE, PET, and others, please feel free to inquire about our disposal and recycling services. We thank you for disposing of your armor properly, to ensure that it is documented and taken out of circulation.

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