Restrictions Based on Convictions: Yes.
- Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person who has been convicted of a violent felony shall not purchase, own, possess, or use body armor.
- A person who has been convicted of a violent felony whose employment, livelihood, or safety is dependent on his or her ability to purchase, own, possess, or use body armor may petition the chief of police of the local unit of government in which he or she resides or, if he or she does not reside in a local unit of government that has a police department, the county sheriff, for written permission to purchase, own, possess, or use body armor under this section.
Documentation or Licensing: Not required if the individual has no felony. If not:
The chief of police of a local unit of government or the county sheriff may grant a person who properly petitions that chief of police or county sheriff under subsection (2) written permission to purchase, own, possess, or use body armor as provided in this section if the chief of police or county sheriff determines that both of the following circumstances exist:
- The petitioner is likely to use body armor in a safe and lawful manner.
- The petitioner has reasonable need for the protection provided by body armor.
Where to Purchase: Can be purchased from dealers, retailers, or online suppliers.
Official Government Source: Michigan Legislature