Prohibits the purchase or possession of a body vest; establishes that the purchase or possession of a body vest shall be a class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a class E felony for each subsequent offense.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 6, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. JACOBSON, McDONOUGH, MONTESANO, GOTTFRIED -- read
once and referred to the Committee on Codes
AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to the unlawful purchase or
possession of a body vest
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 270.21 to
2 read as follows:
3 § 270.21 Unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest.
4 A person is guilty of the unlawful purchase or possession of a body
5 vest when he or she knowingly and unlawfully purchases or possesses a
6 body vest, as such term is defined in subdivision two of section 270.20
7 of this article. This section shall not apply to active law enforcement
8 officers or those whose occupations require the use of body vests as
9 determined by the department of state.
10 Unlawful purchase or possession of a body vest is a class A misdemea-
11 nor for a first offense and a class E felony for any subsequent offense.
12 § 2. Any person currently in possession of a body vest, as such term
13 is defined in subdivision two of section 270.20 of the penal law, shall
14 have 15 days from the effective date of this act to dispose of such body
15 vest at any local or state law enforcement agency.
16 § 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
17 have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.