With rumors circling the body armor armor community here are the facts. It is NOT illegal to own body armor or similar items such as bulletproof or spike rated vests. But there is a catch. It is legal for most people to buy in face to face transactions. No ID, no background check, No special record keeping, no ATF, nothing of that sort. Body armor can also be sold over the counter and at gun shows or online (www.holttacticalsolutions.com). It can be shipped in 49 states. With ONLY residents of Connecticut being the exception by requiring it citizens to make the purchase in person.
However when it comes to international sales and shipping it becomes a little difficult. Body Armor CANNOT be shipped, taken or purchased outside The United States without federal permission
Here is the exclusion from "most people." Convicted felons cannot own, or even possess any type of body armor they surrendered that right under 18 U.S.C. 931 unless of course they have written permission from an employer who requires it as a condition of employment.
Also Retailers are under no liability for what happens to the person or the body armor after it is sold.