By Sarah Klein
A new law preventing criminals and anyone not associated with law enforcement from purchasing and wearing body armour will begin to be enforced as of April 1.
Justice Minister Andrew Swan announced Friday that the law, which also restricts the ownership and use of fortified vehicles, will lessen the threat to public safety.
“This new legislation acts decisively to make it more difficult for them (criminals) to have this equipment,” Swan said.
Those wishing to have or sell body armour must apply for the proper licences or permits. Certain people are exempt, such as first responders, security guards licensed by the province, sheriffs and corrections officers.
People who want to drive or own a vehicle that has been adapted to resist bullets or explosives must also seek a permit.
Those found with body armour that don’t have a permit could face fines up to $10,000 and/or three months in jail. Businesses could be fined up to $25,000.