Bullet proof vest?!?!?

Bullet proof vest?!?!?

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    Bullet proof vest?!?!?

    I was talking to my buddy and he is a LEO and I just got him to start wearing his vest. (bullet proof vest) It just drove me up the wall that he didn't wear it on the regular and I am glad to say he does now.

    He asked me would I ever buy and wear a vest even if I am not and LEO. The thought never crossed my mind. I carry 24/7 and it never crossed my mind for that extra (maybe bit extreme) protection. So my questions are

    Does anyone that is not a LEO wear a vest some times or all the time?

    Do LEO's wear their vest off of work?

    Would getting a vest be a bit overboard?

    I am still up in the air about it. Just wanted to see what people think or even do. I thought it would be a good idea if one is on a campus where there is no carry at all. Just a thought!
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    I think it is illegal in Texas for a non-LEO to wear a bullet-proof vest. Anyone know for sure?
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    When in uniform, I wear mine. Out of uniform, working or not, I'd rather throw the thing away.
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    Just so you know no such thing as a Bullet Proof Vest

    Resistant is all.

    And I wear mine on the job only.
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    I don't and have never considered it. If I were young and on a college campus in a "victim disarmament zone", then this is certainly food for thought. Being there for a good portion of your waking hours, it might be a good idea. I'd have to think about it though.
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    I wear mine while on duty. More of a risk due to car stops and hot calls. Plus, just being in uniform and in a marked car makes you a target. Off-duty I never wear it.

    I wouldn't spend the money if I were you. A good vest is not cheap. Buy another handgun if the money is burning a hole in your pocket.
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    Better check your laws. It is illegal for non LEO to have armor in some states.
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    I though it was illegal to have a vest if your a felon and also illegal to wear if your committing a crime in most states. Other than that, I believe that your allowed to wear in virtually all states.
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    I wear one when I teach on the range and when I train. In PA it is legal for non LEO to wear one but it is illegal to possess/wear one while engaged in criminal activity.
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    I think legal in MI, unless comitting a crime (felony maybe?). I wouldn't consider it unless I knew of a very specific threat coming. But then I'd probably just not be there.
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    I believe that in NYS it's illegal to have one on during the commission of a crime or when engaged in illegal activity. I've tried to look it up, but lawyers have their own language and I'm not quite sure how to search it.
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    Several years ago I rode on patrol with a sheriff's deputy buddy; I bought one from a guy who was retiring for a good price to wear on patrol. I was also a telecommunications tech, installing and maintaining business telephone systems, quite often I would have to do work on a system over night to avoid business disruption. There were several nights I was in and out of banks (getting tools, wire etc from the truck) after midnight, or working downtown in less desirable areas over night. YES there were numerous times I wore my vest, in fact once my employer found out I had my CCW and the vest and I was the single guy in the company I got most of these jobs. There were a couple jobs where we were changing out a system and the owners told the company flat out “Make sure whoever you send is armed”. I got those jobs.

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    besides the fact that it would have serious implications on your social life (seriously), it would take away your ability to blend in. Concealed carry > OWB in the sense that we have the tactical advantage of surprise. If you're gonna wear a vest you might as well wear OWB or carry a big flag that says "Im carrying!"
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    Second Chance Deep Cover IIA....Under a golf shirt it is nearly impossible to see.

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    Well first off, it's bullet resistant and not bullet proof, In work I wear a bullet & stab resistant vest, & I wear it whenever I visit the range, otherwise its not worn.
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