House Bill No. 5750
               House Bill No. 5750

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-127


AN ACT CONCERNING BODY ARMOR.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. (NEW)  (a)  A  person  is guilty of
criminal  possession  of   body   armor   when  he
possesses body armor and has been (1) convicted of
a capital felony,  a  class  A  felony,  except  a
conviction under section  53a-196a  of the general
statutes, a class  B  felony,  except a conviction
under section 53a-86,  53a-122  or 53a-196b of the
general  statutes, a  class  C  felony,  except  a
conviction  under  section   53a-87,   53a-152  or
53a-153 of the  general  statutes,  or  a  class D
felony   under   sections   53a-60   to   53a-60c,
inclusive,  53a-72a,  53a-72b,   53a-95,  53a-103,
53a-103a,  53a-114,  53a-136  or  53a-216  of  the
general statutes, or  (2)  convicted as delinquent
for the commission  of a serious juvenile offense,
as  defined in  section  46b-120  of  the  general
statutes, as amended.
    (b) For the  purposes  of  this section, "body
armor" means any  material  designed to be worn on
the  body  and   to   provide  bullet  penetration
resistance and "convicted" means having a judgment
of conviction entered  by  a  court  of  competent
jurisdiction.
    (c) Criminal possession  of  body  armor  is a
class A misdemeanor.
    Sec.  2.  (NEW)   (a)   No   person,  firm  or
corporation shall sell  or  deliver  body armor to
another  person unless  the  transferee  meets  in
person with the  transferor to accomplish the sale
or delivery.
    (b) The provisions  of  subsection (a) of this
section shall not apply to the sale or delivery of
body  armor  to   a  sworn  member  or  authorized
official of an  organized  local police department
or of the  Division  of  State  Police  within the
Department  of Public  Safety,  to  an  authorized
official of a  municipality  or  the Department of
Administrative Services that  purchases body armor
on behalf of  an organized local police department
or said Division of State Police or to a member of
the National Guard or the armed forces reserve.
    (c) As used  in  this  section,  "body  armor"
means any material designed to be worn on the body
and to provide bullet penetration resistance.
    (d)  Any  person,  firm  or  corporation  that
violates the provisions  of  this section shall be
guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Approved May 27, 1998