The AP reports that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from one Cedrick B. Alderman. “Alderman was convicted of armed robbery in 1999. Police caught him with a bulletproof vest in 2005, and he was sentenced to prison for 18 months. Alderman challenged the law, saying it exceeded Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce under the Commerce Clause.” That’s odd . . .
‘Cause 18 U.S.C. § 931: US Code – Section 931: Prohibition on purchase, ownership, or possession of body armor by violent felons prevents the purchase, ownership of body armor by violent felons (unless they’re hired as security guards or suchlike). In general. Anti-ballistic vesting is also illegal in many states.
Maybe the law was amended in 2006 to stop that plug interstate loophole. But what do I know? And why am I the only media guy who links to the actual decision?