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Above all, Illinois residents have the right to protect their health and life. Historically, people have been using all kinds of body armor to do that. For example, now, people can use bullet-resistant vests to protect from pistol and rifle bullets. However, federal law and Illinois gun law makes it illegal to wear body armor in some situations. Moreover, the City of Chicago has its own rules that regulate the use of body armor. Here, in this article, Body Armor Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney will explain how laws regulate the use of body armor.
How Illinois Laws Define What Body Armor Is.
To begin with, in 720 ILCS 5/33F-1, Illinois law defines what body armor means. First, body armor is a Kevlar military-style flak or tactical assault vest that has a purpose to stop shells and fire from firearms. Second, Kevlar soft body armor that a person can conceal under his or her shirt. Third, Kevlar military-style recon/surveillance vests. Fourth, protective casual clothing that is made of Kevlar or any other similar material. Moreover, body armor could be made of any other material like Kevlar. For example, fiberglass, plastic, and nylon plates.
How Illinois Laws Regulate the Use of Body Armor.
Similar to many states, Illinois has the law that makes it illegal to wear body armor during the commission of a crime. Specifically, 720 ILCS 5/33F-2 punishes people who wear body armor when they are violating any criminal law and have a dangerous weapon, other than a firearm, with them. According to 720 ILCS 5/33F-3, it is a Class A misdemeanor to do that. Next, any subsequent offense if a Class 4 felony.
Aggravated Use of Body Armor.
However, if police catch you wearing body armor and have a gun with you, consequences will be much severe. For example, under 720 ILCS 5/24-1(e), if you engage in any unlawful use of a firearm while wearing body armor, the State can charge you with a Class X Felony. This is not a probationable offense. Moreover, the minimum term of imprisonment for it is 10 years. Thus, if the State charged you with the offense of aggravated use of body armor, you should take it seriously and call Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Tikhvinskiy.
The City of Chicago Prohibits Sale or Possession of Body Armor.
Furthermore, if you live in Chicago, you cannot sell, possess, or purchase body armor. Recently, Chicago passed the ordinance that prohibits anybody in the City of Chicago to sale, possess, or purchase body armor. Now, according to 8-4-148 “Sale or possession of body armor”, no person shall sell, offer for sale, possess, or purchase body armor. Any person who violates this law will pay a fine not less than $500.00 and not more than $1,000.00.
How Federal Law Prohibits the Use of Body Armor.
18 USC § 931 prohibits any person who has a felony conviction for a crime of violence to purchase, own, or possess body armor. Under federal law, the term “body armor, means any product that protects against gunfire. A violator of 18 USC § 931 could spend up to three years in a federal correctional facility.
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