Body Armor, bullet-resistant vests and related.
California law prohibits felons from owning or possessing body armor. California law also makes it a crime to wear a 'body vest' while committing certain violent crimes.
Body Armor defined
As used in Section 31360, "body armor" means any bullet-resistant material intended to provide ballistic and trauma protection for the person wearing the body armor.
Body Vest defined
As used in this part, "body vest" or "body shield" means any bullet-resistant material intended to provide ballistic and trauma protection for the wearer or holder.
Illegal for felons
(a) A person who has been convicted of a violent felony under the laws of the United States, the State of California, or any other state, government, or country, who purchases, owns, or possesses body armor, as defined in Section 16288, except as authorized under subdivision (b), is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for 16 months, or two or three years.
Sentence enhancement for wearing vest during a violent offense
(b) Any person who wears a body vest in the commission or attempted commission of a violent offense, as defined in Section 29905, shall, upon conviction of that felony or attempted felony, in addition and consecutive to the punishment prescribed for the felony or attempted felony of which he or she has been convicted, be punished by an additional term of one, two, or five years. The court shall order the middle term unless there are circumstances in aggravation or mitigation. The court shall state the reasons for its enhancement choice on the record at the time of the sentence. (c) As used in this section, "body vest" means any bullet-resistant material intended to provide ballistic and trauma protection for the wearer.
Violent offenses listed
(a) As used in this chapter, a violent offense includes any of the following:
[28 different crimes as of June 21, 2012]