Violent felons can now wear body armor in California

Robert Faturechi of the L.A. Times reports that a California Appeals Court has overturned the 1998 ban which made it illegal for felons to wear body armor.

This overturning by the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles must surely rank as the most stupid legal decision of 2009…maybe of the whole decade. Decisions like this give credence to the Dickensian phrase; “the law is an ass”.

For those who don’t remember, the 1998 ban arose as a result of the 1997 shoot out in North Hollywood between Police and two heavily armd bank robbers who wore body armor. Police and civilians were killed in that violent incident caught on camera for the whole world to see how much devastation could be caused by someone with bad intent, but well equipped.

Why, you may ask, would the courts make such a poor judgement call? It has to do with the court’s fear that the wording “body armor” was too vague. Apparently, the 2nd Court of Appeals was afraid that a violent felon might be confused by the vagueness of the words; “body armor”.

I have long heard jokes and commentary about strange legal and policital decisions made in California, but I figured that most of them were over-blown by late night talk show hosts and comedians. After this recent decision, I have lost all respect for the system in California.

Maybe it’s now time for Californian Police to re-think the way in which they train to shoot. Maybe they should be taught to take “head-shots” like E.P. agents are taught in our advanced firearms training.

Hopefully the courts would not be able to screw that up as well.

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