ASSEMBLY, No. 1693



STATE OF NEW JERSEY

208th LEGISLATURE



INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 19, 1998





Sponsored by:

Assemblyman KENNETH C. LEFEVRE

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman FRANCIS J. BLEE

District 2 (Atlantic)









SYNOPSIS

Increases criminal penalties for unlawful use of body vest in certain circumstances.



CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.



(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 2/24/1998)

An Act concerning penalties for unlawful use of body vests and amending P.L.1983, c.152.



Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:



1. Section 1 of P.L.1983, c.152 (C.2C:39-13) is amended to read as follows:

1. Unlawful use of body vests. A person is guilty of a crime [of the third degree] if he uses or wears a body vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit murder, manslaughter, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, kidnaping, criminal escape or assault under N.J.S.2C:12-1b. Use or wearing a body vest while engaged in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit a crime of the first degree is a crime of the second degree. Otherwise it is a crime of the third degree.

As used in this section, "body vest" means bullet-resistant body armor which is intended to provide ballistic and trauma protection.

(cf: P.L.1983, c.152)



2. This act shall take effect immediately.





STATEMENT



This bill increases the criminal penalties for unlawful use of a body vest, also known as body armor. Presently such unlawful use is a crime of the third degree if the person commits or attempts to commit certain enumerated crimes. This bill increases the offense to a crime of the second degree when the crime committed or attempted is a crime of the first degree. Otherwise the offense shall be a crime of the third degree.