LEGAL BODY ARMOR OWNERSHIP
Body armor is legal in all 50 states with ONLY the following three restrictions:
Body Armor is illegal if you have been convicted of a violent felony.
Body armor may not be shipped to a civilian in Connecticut. Body armor purchases in Connecticut are not allowed by Connecticut state regulations to occur over the internet; they MUST be made only through an in-person store purchase.
Wearing body armor while committing a crime will increase penalties greatly. Body armor was not designed for nor intended for criminals!
You can purchase your DefendAPack Vest, Backpack and Plates online and take delivery in 49 of the 50 states. The one exception is Connecticut, which requires that you buy a bulletproof vest in person, not online for delivery. You can still own a bulletproof vest if you live in Connecticut, we just cannot ship vests to Connecticut.
Additional Plates can ONLY be purchased by New Customers or Previous Customers who will purchase or have purchased a DefendAPack Vest, or Premium or Classic Backpack WITH Vest. If you are interested in JUST purchasing an insert (extra place), please call Customer Service at 561-651-9827.
Body armor is legal in all 50 states and can be transported over state lines. However, you must be a law-abiding citizen and must not have any felonies or criminal investigations, or your body armor can be confiscated.
Please check all regulatory information for any international travel you may be undertaking if you plan to bring along armored protection. International laws vary from country to country.
LIFESPAN OF BODY ARMOR
The majority of the United States’ body armor has a standard National Institute of Justice (NIJ) five-year service rating. When a vest is worn each day, it loses the protective capability quicker than one that sits on a shelf. It doesn’t matter how short or long the body armor is worn, the vest should be carefully looked over for any signs of damage – creases, tears, smells and burns. If properly taken care of, the vest should last five years. Be sure to follow the care instructions.
To increase the lifespan of your vest make sure:
The ballistic interior of the vest is not exposed to direct sunlight or liquids.
Make sure that your vest is properly stored, usually in a place that allows you to lay it completely flat or hang it on a hanger
A bulletproof vest can also become damaged. Therefore, regular inspections of the vest itself, also be done to make sure that they fit well. If you notice the straps are starting to stretch or the Velcro doesn’t work like it should, it may be high time to buy a replacement Vest
WASHING YOUR ARMORED PROTECTION
The DefendAPack Vest cannot be washed, but should be dry cleaned if dirty.
IMPORTANT: Do not machine wash or dry clean ballistic panel insert(s). Bulletproof vests lose their ballistic performance when wet as the water acts as a lubricant. When this happens, it makes it susceptible to bullet penetration.
Remove ballistic panels from inside the backpack or the DefendAPack Vest.
Gently wipe ballistic panels using a mild soap and water. Set aside to dry.
Close all Velcro fasteners on the backpack armor pockets.
Dry clean or hand wash the backpack and Vest on a delicate cycle using medium water temperature. DO NOT BLEACH!
Air dry the Backpack and Vest. Reinsert ballistic panels with the “Strike Face” facing outward of each armor panel pocket; BE SURE THE BALLISTIC PANELS AND BACKPACK ARE DRIED COMPLETELY prior to re-inserting.
TESTING BODY ARMOR
Never shoot your body armor unless you are never going to wear it again. And never test ANY body armor while wearing it. No individual should be anywhere near, in, or around the DefendAPack Vest if testing.
30-Day limited warranty on the on the workmanship on the DefendAPack Vest and Backpack. 5 year limited warranty on the ballistic plates.
STORING YOUR BODY ARMOR
You should store your DefendAPack Vest in a room temperature environment, away from direct sunlight, liquid or chemicals. If at all possible, lay your Vest flat.
INSERTING PANELS INTO THE VEST OR PACK
Ballistic panels have been created to fit into the carrier in a certain way. If the wearer puts them in wrong, it can lead to tragic results. The panel’s strike face should face away from your body and is created to slow and disperse the energy of the bullet. The backside of the panel (against your body) is created to reduce the trauma. If the panel is flipped, there’s no promise of the vest stopping a bullet.
PROTECTION AGAINST KNIVES
Bulletproof vest wearers need to understand that bulletproof vests are NOT knife resistant vests. Stab vests are made of another kind of fiber and weave than bulletproof vests. There are multi-threat vests on the market; but, these are generally heavier and cost quite a bit more money.
Each year, during the International Association of Chiefs of Police, DuPont has a ceremony for officers who have been saved by Kevlar body armor. Numerous officers recognized during this ceremony were saved from the impact of their patrol car’s steering column after an accident, not just from bullets. But do NOT just rely on the DefendAPack Vest. Make sure you are always wearing your seat belt.