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Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (NY-D) on Sunday tweeted: “The ease with which those intent on doing evil are able to get advanced body armor is shocking. In addition to the House-passed background checks bill, it’s time to require anyone seeking sophisticated body armor to get sign-off from the FBI.”

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The bill would empower the FBI to set standards for who may or may not buy body armor, this after the gunmen in several recent mass shootings wore body armor, including, most recently, in the massacre of nine people last weekend in Dayton, Ohio.

“What we have learned is that a good number of those intent on mass shootings buy body armor,” Schumer said, adding, “They want to kill as many people as possible.”

As things stand today, if you don’t have any criminal convictions, you can buy a bulletproof vest online across the United States. Only Connecticut requires you to be present at the sale. However, wearing a bulletproof vest during the commission of a crime in NY State may add four years to your prison sentence.

Meanwhile, Schumer intends to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow a Senate vote on the House universal background checks legislation, which Schumer believes is “the most important and immediate thing we can do,” and which he told the NY Post would pass.

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