Restrictions Based on Convictions: A person who has been convicted of a violent felony under the laws of the United States, the State of California, or any other state, government, or country, who purchases, owns, or possesses body armor, as defined in Section 16288, except for:

  • A person whose employment, livelihood, or safety is dependent on the ability to legally possess and use body armor, who is subject to the prohibition imposed by subdivision (a) due to a prior violent felony conviction, or who is prohibited pursuant to subdivision (b), may file a petition for an exception to this prohibition with the chief of police or county sheriff of the jurisdiction in which that person seeks to possess and use the body armor.

Documentation or Licensing: A person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under the laws of this state to purchase, own, or possess body armor, as specified.

Where to Purchase: Can be purchased from dealers, retailers, or online suppliers.

Official Government Source: California Assembly Bill