Mike Honda introduces body-armor restriction bill

Only law enforcement, active-duty troops or other authorized users would be able to buy, sell, own or use military-grade body armor, under a bill introduced Thursday by Rep. Mike Honda.

honda.jpgHonda, D-San Jose, issued a statement saying his Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014 would let police respond to active shooters more safely and effectively.

“There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” he said. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can do. This bill is common-sense and long overdue.”

The bill is supported by Santa Clara and Alameda counties’ district attorneys and sheriffs, as well as by the Fraternal Order of Police, the Violence Policy Center, the Coalition for Peace Action and Stop Handgun violence.

“There is an ongoing arms race between violent criminals and police officers,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in Honda’s news release. “Let’s make sure that the men and women who stand bravely between us and the gunfire win that high-stakes race. Let’s make sure criminals and gang-bangers never walk our streets shielded with military-grade body armor and the arrogance of someone who cannot be stopped.”

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said the bill “will serve to combat our nation’s epidemic of gun violence and protect communities and law enforcement from mass shootings.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. See also Khanna, Ro


  • Robert T.

    Tell me Mr. Honda How do you plan to take the thousands of body armor already stockpiled by Oaklands gang members and drug dealers? or the military grade firearms they already have?? These criminals have been hording military weapons and body armor for years and you wan’t to pass a bill into law that will stop law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.. YOU and the other politicians from California like Jerry Brown have already infringed upon the 2nd amendment illeaglly banning open carry for citizens in California, and now you want to take body armor away too???

  • JohnW

    Tell me Mr. Robert T. Under what circumstances does the “law abiding citizen” don military grade body armor? Yes, many of the bad guys already have this stuff. The idea is to dry up the sources of supply and gradually, over time. confiscate the stuff that is out there in bad guy land. I’m sort of old school. I think the cops should be better armed and armored than the rest of us. If they get into a fight, I don’t want it to be a “fair fight.” If the bad guys get hold of shoulder fired rocket launchers, should our approach be to make sure everybody can get his or her hands on one?

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Mike looks jowly. He needs to shed a few lbs. Fat boys don’t cut it these days hereabouts. Look at the hostility aimed at Gov. Chris Christie.

  • JohnW

    He got elected and re-elected by huge, er I mean wide, er I mean statistically significant margins. In politics, I think that qualifies as “cutting it.” The hostility directed his way these days has nothing to do with his physique.

  • Christopher Stanley Grimm

    In the circumstance when the government starts killing its own people. Tell me john, why are agencies around the country stockpiling millions and millions of rounds of ammo..Why are BS agencies with no LE capacity buying automatic weapons. Why is the military being purged. Why are police agencies looking more like military units than police units. You can can go back to sleep and pretend your government wont stack up outside your home when you aren’t a good little slave. The writing is on the wall.