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Old 03-15-2012, 09:30 PM
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Default Province to regulate body armour

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/03/1...te-body-armour

Regulating body armour won’t stick, said retailers.

Starting June 15, Albertans who own or want body armour need a legitimate reason under the Body Armour Control Act, or a permit from the Solicitor General and Public Security office.

Officers will soon be able to charge people wearing bullet or stab-resistant vests, along with seizing the armour if they don’t have a permit. And those people can expect to pay a fine up to $10,000, along with serving six months in the clink.

“Police now have another resource in their fight against gangs in our communities,” said Jonathan Denis, Alberta’s Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety.

“This initiative doesn’t penalize those with a legitimate reason to wear body armour, such as police or security personnel.”

Albertans with professions in policing, security or safety are exempt from the act, while everyone else needs to explain themselves to the solicitor general and public security office.

A body armour permit costs $50 per year and takes five days to process. Citizens have to pass a criminal background check in order to get a permit.

Gordon McGowan, president of rearmament distributor MilArm in downtown Edmonton, thinks the act is “a knee-jerk reaction to a nonexistent problem.”

Body armour vests are just an Internet search away from anyone who wishes to hide their purchase from the government, McGowan said.

“If I have a reason to own body armour and I want it, why is it up to the government to determine if my reason is legitimate or not?” McGowan asked.

Milarms carries around a dozen VestFriend stab-resistant vests and McGowan said they sell only a few each month. Their most common body armour buying customers are nightclub owners looking to equip their bouncers and doormen.

He has a strict store policy not to sell body armour to civilians, which keeps the gang-bangers from inquiring said McGowan.

matthew.dykstra@sunmedia.ca





This is stupid. Why should the government get to decide who can protect themselves? We already can't have a gun or knife for protection from criminals WHO HAVE GUNS AND KNIVES. Is this anything more than a money grab?
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